My name is Robert Pruden.  In May 2018, the government appointed me as Commissioner responsible for implementing The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act.  The Act was referred to as Bill 29 before it was proclaimed into law. 

The Act was introduced to simplify the bargaining unit structure in the health care field.  When the Act was proclaimed, there were over 190 bargaining units and the same number of collective agreements covering health care employees in Manitoba.  With the representation votes now complete, there are 36 new bargaining units. 

Representation votes were conducted in August 2019 among employees in each new bargaining unit to determine which union would represent them in the future.   Electronic voting was used to maximize the opportunity for every voter to participate. 

With the representation votes complete, below is a summary as of June 23, 2020 of the actions taken to date: 

Bargaining Unit Certificates 

The Commissioner has issued bargaining unit certificates for each of the bargaining units established by HSBURA.  Certificates for the 24 non-medical bargaining units were issued in December 2019.  The Commissioner completed the process of issuing certificates for the medical bargaining units as of May 29, 2020.

Management Exclusions

In some cases, the new bargaining unit certificates were issued on an "interim" basis to provide the parties with the opportunity to address exclusions from the HSBURA bargaining units through negotiations.  The Commissioner is responsible for resolving any outstanding issues.

Receiving Agreements

The Commissioner was required to determine which of the existing collective agreements covering employees in a new bargaining unit was the "receiving agreement" as defined in the legislation.  As of March 9, 2020, receiving agreements were designated for all bargaining units for which there was more than one previous collective agreement covering employees in the new unit.

Applications for Certification

If a group of health care sector employees that is currently not unionized files an application for certification under The Labour Relations Act, the Commissioner is responsible for reviewing that application.


Since the implementation process is substantially complete, there will be no further information posted to this website. While no updates will be posted, the website will remain accessible until December 31, 2020 at which time it will no longer be available.

Employees seeking further information on the HSBURA process should contact their union or employer. 

This website was developed to provide employees with information regarding the  implementation process and their role in it. This is not a website of government or any health employers or unions.   The specific provisions of the Act, its Regulations and the Commissioner using the authority granted by the Act will resolve any disputes.  

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