WINNIPEG – About 30 youth crisis workers in our city have hit the picket lines this morning.
As of 10 a.m., staff with the crisis unit at Macdonald Youth Services are on to strike.
They’ve been without a contract since 2014 and have not reached a deal with the new PC government.
“Youth protection workers are out on a picket line because they can’t get back to the table. Shame on this new government!” yelled Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government Employees Union, at a rally this morning. “Premier Pallister, you said while you were campaigning, you would protect front-line, public services. I challenge you to a cup of tea, let’s sit down, figure this out, and put the $95,000 in place for Macdonald Youth Services to get the 28 people back to work”
A deal had been reached with the previous NDP government but fell through following the election.
The workers deal with young people in crisis on the streets of Winnipeg.
The government has issued a statement on the strike:
“While Child and Family Services (CFS) is not the actual employer here, we continue to actively monitor the situation. The employer, MacDonald Youth Services, has ensured the coordination of essential services in the event of strike action.
Regrettably the former government routinely interfered in labour negotiations. This created uncertainty and false expectation on broader funding commitments that are unsustainable for government as a whole.”