FAQs – Recent proposed government legislation

Bill 28 – The Public Services Sustainability Act

 

What does this proposed legislation say?

Bill 28 freezes fees, contract payments, stipends and wages and limits increases over the 4-year period following the expiration of our current Master Agreement.

A freeze would be imposed in the first 2 years, followed by maximum increases of 0.75% and 1.0% in the 2 years thereafter.

Does this apply just to rates?

No. It also applies to any other monetary benefits such as the CME, CMPA, Retention Fund and Maternity/Parental Leave programs. Contributions to those programs would be frozen for the whole 4 years. The Bill would also preclude the creation of any new benefit programs.

When does our Master Agreement expire?

Our current Master Agreement expires March 31, 2019. Bill 28, if passed, would then apply for the subsequent 4 years.

What about new fee tariffs?

Bill 28 permits new fee tariffs.

What about binding arbitration?

Bill 28 would still technically permit access to binding arbitration; however, the Bill would prohibit the arbitrator’s award from contradicting in any way the restrictions imposed by the government.

What is Doctors Manitoba doing about this?

Doctors Manitoba is vehemently opposed to Bill 28. It negates the good-faith negotiation process and neuters our access to binding arbitration. We have met with the Minister of Health and other government officials to express our concerns. We will also be presenting to the Committee tasked by the Legislature to study Bill 28 to determine if any amendments are appropriate.

We are also studying the constitutionality of Bill 28. The Board of Directors will consider the merits of challenging the legislation as a violation of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

When will the Legislature vote on this Bill?

We believe the Legislature will vote on Bill 28 before the end of May 2017. If passed, it would be up to the government to determine when it will formally become law.

What can I do?

We encourage you to learn as much about this as you can, ask questions and talk to your colleagues. We would also appreciate your feedback. You can e-mail our President, Dr. Aaron Chiu at president@doctorsmanitoba.ca and/or contact your Board representative.

In addition, everyone has the right to contact their MLA. If you’re not sure who your MLA is, you can search here (http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Voting/MLA) or here (https://www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/members/mla_list_constituency.html)

Bill 29 – The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Act

 

Does Bill 29 apply to physicians?

Bill 29 applies to any health sector employee covered by a Collective Agreement. More than 200 physicians are covered by Collective Agreements throughout Manitoba.

What does this proposed legislation say?

Bill 29 reduces the number of bargaining units within a health profession within each RHA or province- wide employer such as DSM or CancerCare.

How does it affect physicians?

Some physicians covered by a Collective Agreement will have their contract amalgamated with other physicians who have the same employer, even if they are in different specialties.

If I am affected, can I end up making more?

No, the Bill specifically prohibits any increase in compensation as result of this process.

What is Doctors Manitoba doing about this? Doctors Manitoba is opposed to Bill 29. We have met with the Minister of Health and other government officials. We will be presenting to the Committee tasked by the Legislature to study Bill 29 to determine if any amendments are appropriate.

We are also studying the constitutionality of Bill 29. The Board of Directors will consider the merits of challenging the legislation as a violation of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

When will the Legislature vote on this Bill? We believe the Legislature will vote on Bill 29 before the end of May 2017. If passed, it would be up to the

government to determine when it will formally become law.

What can I do?

We encourage you to learn as much about this as you can, ask questions and talk to your colleagues. We would very much appreciate your feedback.

You can e-mail our President, Dr. Aaron Chiu at president@doctorsmanitoba.ca and/or contact your Board representative.

In addition, everyone has the right to contact their MLA. If you’re not sure who your MLA is, you can search here (http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/voting/MLA) or here (https://www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/members/mla_list_constituency).