February 23, 2017
PHCC CONFERENCE UPDATE: MEMBERS RATIFY BARGAINING PROPOSALS
On January 31st and February 1st, the Provincial Health Care Council (PHCC) held a conference
to plan for the year and discuss bargaining, communications and government relations.
PLANNING FOR 2017
The health care sector is facing challenges. Delegates discussed their concerns about the
potential for cost-cutting measures that put the quality of public health at risk, about support for
public health care, and about promoting the work we do in the sector. We encourage members to
visit the PHCC.cupe.ca website regularly for news, bargaining updates, and analysis and action
on health policy, campaigns, and lobbying.
PREPARATION FOR BARGAINING
Collective agreements for PHCC members expire March 31, 2017, and CUPE has served notice
of intent to bargain.
The information from the pre-bargaining surveys completed by members was compiled into
proposals for bargaining. These proposals were reviewed, amended and approved at the
We have requested dates for bargaining from the Employer and await a reply.
The PHCC relaunched its website at the conference. Changes include a news sign-up feature,
more social media feeds, and a more user-friendly menu. Regular bargaining updates will be
posted to the site, so visit often at PHCC.cupe.ca. And don’t forget to sign up for updates!
In fall 2016, the provincial government made it clear that it wished to reduce the number of
collective agreements in health care. Late in 2016, the government formed a working group to
discuss the issue and invited labour to the table.
The Health Care Working Group, made up of the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL), CUPE
and other health care unions, met for the first time with government in early February. At this
initial meeting, the unions requested more information on the government’s goal to reduce the
number of bargaining units in health care, and we have asked to receive this information before
the next meeting.
For more information, contact your local union, your PHCC Representative or your National