Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 998 Michelle Bergen, President 204-792-7412 Scott Powell — Director, Corporate Communications 204-360-4417 Cell. 204-299-8849 You have also made a commitment to bring back laws prohibiting Labour Project Agreements (PLA) if they win re-election. We know that LSAs offer high quality and good wages that support local jobs. These agreements have been used since the 1960s for major infrastructure projects and offer great value to Manitobans. But Brian Pallister and his government refuse to obstruct the facts of their ideological agenda. Manitoba Hydro says it has reached an agreement with another group of workers to avoid temporary layoffs at the Crown Corporation. Discussions with CUPE are ongoing and more information is expected next week. In addition, the group agreed in principle with the Manitoba Hydro Staff and Supervisory Employees Association (AMHSSE) to achieve savings in this group without laying off. Members of AMHSSE, the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba (MHPEA) and exempt corporate staff take three unpaid days instead of layoffs in their territories.

These groups will reduce their pay cheques by approximately 1.2 hours per pay period from June 25 to the end of this fiscal year, March 31, 2021. All CUPE members work under the protection of a collective agreement called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve workplace issues. Members of IBEW and UNIFOR are subject to temporary redundancies in accordance with existing collective agreements. Approximately 200 employees will be made temporarily laid off for a period of four months, a significant decrease from the 700 or so redundancies originally planned. If you have questions about your rights in the workplace, the best person you can talk to is your steward or local leader. You will know the details of your agreement. If you want a copy of your collective agreement on paper, talk to your trustee.

If you don`t know who your administrator is or how to contact your office, contact the CUPE office near you. Manitoba Hydro Staff and Supervisory Employees (AMHSSE) Terry Dunlop, President 204-981-4505 said Victor Diduch, Acting President of Unifor Local 681: ”We`ve already been cut on bones – Hydro`s annual wage costs have been falling for four years. To meet the cost-cutting requirements of pallister, we will find ourselves in the danger zone. It doesn`t make sense to hammer workers – all that`s happening is endangering our public water and gas service, and taking money from families trying to get out of this crisis. Pallister clings to an austerity program during the all-proven pandemic. Bruce Owen – Media Relations Officer 204-360-3651 Cell. 204-794-8270 International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local 134 Mike Espenell, Business Manager 204-941-3766 ”If Manitoba Hydro is involved in hiring full-time employees, we have several opportunities in our collective agreement to hire part-time, part-time, project employees so that they can be hired for this period,” he said. Unifor Local 681 Victor Diduch, President-in-Office 204-791-1679 ”Public health should receive a huge injection of money for task force personnel in the field of public health, vaccination clinics and quarantine enforcement: instead, this government is reducing public health at a time of its most urgent needs,” said Abeaya, president of CUPEITO.