There are approximately 49,000 unionized employees in the health care field in Manitoba working in over 300 work locations. They are included in over 190 bargaining units and covered by the same number of separate collective agreements. There are 13 unions and multiple employers involved in negotiating and administering these collective agreements. The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act is intended to simplify this structure.
The total number of bargaining units in the new structure will be 36.
Employers will be grouped into 6 employers organizations for labour relations purposes, each of which will have between 5 and 7 new bargaining units.
The 6 employers organizations will each have these 5 new bargaining units which cover over 95% of employees:
Professional, Technical and Paramedical (PTP)
Physician Assistants and Clinical Assistants
Some but not all of the employers organizations will have the remaining 2 new bargaining units:
Composition of Bargaining Units
There are over 1250 job classifications that have been placed into the new bargaining units based on the criteria in the Act and the Regulation. The Provincial Classification Slotting chart identifies the bargaining unit of all unionized positions in the health care sector.
Example: The Dietary Aide classification will be included in the new Facility Support bargaining unit whereas the Health Care Aide classification will be included in the Community Support bargaining unit. In the existing structure, these two classes are often included in the same bargaining unit.
Where two or more unions currently represent employees in classifications being placed into a new bargaining unit, a representation vote will be held to determine which union will represent all of the employees in that new bargaining unit.
Example: In the Northern RHA, the new Facility Support bargaining unit will include classifications that are currently in bargaining units represented by the following unions (listed in alphabetical order): CUPE, MAHCP, MGEU and UFCW. These four unions will be on a ballot and will be eligible to be selected by voters. Dietary Aides in the Northern RHA will be eligible to participate in the Northern RHA Facility Support bargaining unit representation vote.
Example: In the Northern RHA, the new Community Support bargaining unit will include classifications that are currently represented by CUPE, MAHCP, MGEU and UFCW. These four unions will be on a ballot and will be eligible to be selected by voters. Health Care Aides in the Northern RHA will be eligible to participate in the Northern RHA Community Support bargaining unit representation vote.
Where only one union currently represents employees in classifications being placed into the new bargaining unit, no vote is required.
The Voting Process
The representation votes will be conducted using an electronic voting process. This process will allow employees to vote from anywhere by logging into a voting website from any computer or smart phone or using a touch tone phone. Detailed instructions on when and how to vote will be provided later in the process.
After the Votes
The union receiving the most votes in each election will be the successful union.
The successful union will be responsible for representing all of the employees in that new bargaining unit regardless of which union previously represented those employees.
The existing collective agreements covering employees will continue to apply regardless of which union wins the vote. The pay, benefits, seniority and other working conditions set out by their existing collective agreement will continue to apply to employees after the vote.
The existing agreements will continue to apply until the successful union and employers organization negotiate a new collective agreement. No one from any union or employer can guarantee what that collective agreement will contain or when an agreement will be achieved.