With a razor-thin margin, the newly formed Prairie Mountain Health region chose the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union as labour representation.
On Friday, 2,073 votes were tallied and the region’s health authority opted against the behemoth Canadian Union of Public Employees by 58 votes, according to unofficial results.
“This win recognizes just how committed the MGEU is to being a member-driven union and we are honoured to represent HCSS workers,” MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky said in a release.
Once the voters officially become members and the Manitoba Labour Board issues a certification, a transition process will take place between MGEU and CUPE.
According to MGEU, Friday’s count represents the largest group of members for the union out of the five votes taking place throughout the province as a result of 2012 amalgamation of health authorities.
Until the new contract is negotiated between the employers and the MGEU, each union’s previous collective agreement will remain in place.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 9, 2013