Monday, May 6, 2019

MFL News

(Winnipeg) The Manitoba Nurses Union membership has voted to affiliate to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, MNU President Darlene Jackson and MFL President Kevin Rebeck announced today.

“Manitoba’s nurses know that all unions must work together to stop attacks on our health care      system, and stand up for care providers,” said MNU President Darlene Jackson. “We are proud to join the Manitoba Federation of Labour, and continue the fight for better working conditions, fair wages and a high quality of life for Manitoba workers.”

The affiliation decision means that the MFL’s membership will rise to 115,000. The MNU will sit on the MFL’s Executive Council and MNU members will also be able to participate in the MFL’s educational opportunities, committees and campaigns. 

“Manitoba’s nurses do vital work providing excellent health care to Manitobans, and we are pleased to welcome the Manitoba Nurses Union into the MFL family,” said Rebeck. “Our federation and our labour movement are stronger as a result.”

Jackson noted that the time is right for the MNU to affiliate to the MFL, as there is growing concern for nurses and all health care workers about the damage the Pallister government is doing to the health care system, leading to inadequate staffing levels, worker exhaustion and increased violence in the workplace.

The MFL and MNU have a history of working together to support working people, including the Partnership to Defend Public Services’ legal challenge of the Pallister government’s unconstitutional wage freeze legislation, improvements to safety and health laws and winning presumptive workers compensation PTSD coverage for all Manitoba workers. The MNU and MFL are also proud sponsors of this year’s Winnipeg General Strike Centennial Celebrations. 

Jackson and Rebeck both added that at a time when the Pallister government is making cuts to health care and throwing the system into chaos, it is more important than ever for Manitoba’s labour movement to stand united and fight to protect the workers who proudly deliver the services that working families count on.

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