WINNIPEG – They’re on the front lines, helping take care of at risk youth in our city but workers with the Youth Crisis Stablilization team at MacDonald Youth Services are set to strike.
They’re ready to announce a strike date on Friday if they don’t hear from the government about a new contract.
Manitoba Government Employees Union President Michelle Gawronsky says the workers had a deal ready to sign with the old NDP government but the Tories haven’t reached out to them at all since taking power.
She says a strike would have a huge impact.
“For people like the Winnipeg Police Service, the Children’s Hospital. This group, what they do is they go out and look after kids that are in crisis.”
Gawronsky and the roughly 30 workers held an information picket downtown today. Workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate.
They are looking for a wage increase. Gawronsky says low wages and high turnover are problems.
Requests for comment from the Manitoba Government have not been returned.