Dear members,

Your Provincial Collective Bargaining Committee met virtually with the employer group on October 15 to exchange bargaining proposals. PCBC is now in the process preparing for our next meeting.

Early stages in negotiations are often slow, and we anticipate that will be the case with this round of bargaining as well. As you know, this round will be extraordinarily complex due to legislation imposed by the Pallister government. The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act (Bill 29) requires the amalgamation nursing collective agreements within each health region. Though most language across MNU agreements is consistent, there are some variations that we will need to go through carefully at the bargaining table. Initial meetings are expected to focus on this work.

Weekly bargaining dates have been scheduled in November, continuing into December. We will provide updates periodically as bargaining progresses. Rest assured, members will be advised whenever critical developments occur.

Finally, our Bargaining Centre at manitobanurses.ca has been updated to include all previous bargaining updates. For added security and confidentiality, members will be required to login to the Bargaining Centre using your MNU Member ID and password. If you have forgotten your MNU Member ID or password, simply follow the prompts on the login page.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support.

In Solidarity,

Darlene Jackson
President & Chair of the Provincial Collective Bargaining Committee
Manitoba Nurses Union