Around 400 Nurses and healthcare workers filled the front steps of the Manitoba legislature on May 1, 2019 to protest government cuts to public services, citing forced overtime and burnout among healthcare workers.
In addition to these health care changes, Brian Pallister is attacking the structure of unions themselves.
Bill 29 is a forced reorganization of health care bargaining units according to different classes of workers, like Professional-Technical/EMS workers, Facility Support workers, Community Support workers, Nurses, Doctors, Medical Residents, Physician Assistants and Clinical Assistants. This reduces the number of bargaining units from 183 to 7. The seven new bargaining units will be determined through votes, where workers choose which union they would like to represent them. The dates for the votes have yet to be announced.