Labour & Regulatory Services - Labour Board

Board members: Employee Representatives


L. Lea Baturin
Beatrice Bruske
William (Bill) Comstock
Abstinencia (Abs) Diza
Sheila Gordon
Tom Henderson
Marc Lafond
Maureen Morrison
James Murphy
Shelley A. Neel
Sandra R.M. Oakley
Rik Panciera
Bobbi Taillefer
Sonia E. Taylor
Glenn Tomchak

L. Lea Baturin click to open

Appointed in 2007, Lea Baturin was employed as a national representative with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP - Now Unifor) for over 18 years, dealing primarily with grievance arbitration matters, collective bargaining and steward education in the industrial sectors of telecommunications, broadcasting and manufacturing. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. Ms. Baturin received her call to the Manitoba Bar in 1981 and worked as a lawyer at Legal Aid Manitoba and at Myers Weinberg LLP before joining CEP as staff. During her employment as a union representative, she was a member of the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) and the MFL Women's Committee.  Ms. Baturin retired from her position with the union in 2014.




Beatrice Bruske click to open

Appointed in 2007, Beatrice Bruske has been employed since 1993 as a union representative/negotiator for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local No. 832 (UFCW, Local 832).  She has worked as a servicing representative dealing with grievances, negotiations and arbitrations.  She worked as a full-time negotiator from 2004 to 2011.  Currently, she is the secretary treasurer of her local and in this capacity is involved in the administration of the local and continues to negotiate collective agreements.  She also represents the UFCW Local 832 on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council (MFL) and is the co-chair of the MFL Women's Committee.  She is a trustee on a number of health and welfare benefit plans.  She graduated from the University of Manitoba with an Arts degree in Labour Studies.




William (Bill) Comstock click to open

Appointed in 2013, Bill Comstock worked in a number of human resource positions early in his career.  He had been employed by the Manitoba Government and General Employee's Union for 29 years, retiring in 2006 as director of Negotiating Services.   In 2014, he retired from the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers where he had been providing labour relations services on a part-time basis.  Mr. Comstock was a founding member of Manitoba Special Olympics.   He was a member of the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee and serves on the board of St. Amant.




Abstinencia (Abs) Diza click to open

Appointed in 2015, Abs Diza has been employed as a staff union representative for Workers United Canada Council since June 2006. She is actively involved in collective bargaining, grievance handling and guiding members with their health benefits. Mrs. Diza is also currently a vice-president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.


Sheila Gordon click to open

Appointed in 2013, Sheila Gordon has been employed with the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) since 1991. As a staff representative, she worked with members to resolve issues, process grievances and negotiate collective agreements in a variety of different public sector workplaces. In 2009, she was appointed MGEU chief negotiator, responsible for negotiating the Government Employees' Master Agreement, and for supporting a team of staff representatives working with members of the Manitoba Civil Service. More recently, Ms. Gordon has assumed the position of director of negotiations, responsible for all negotiations undertaken by the union. Ms. Gordon's educational background includes a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University.




Tom Henderson click to open

Appointed in 2016, Tom Henderson is employed by the Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) as a workplace safety and health officer, as well as working in labour relations, since 2002.  Prior to working with the MNU, he was employed in the private sector within the aerospace industry and has held a number of leadership roles including local union president, bargaining committee chairperson, and local union discussion leader. As a labour relations officer, he deals with grievance arbitration, collective bargaining and the delivery of specific membership training needs as required. He is a certified health and safety professional and provides the MNU, and its leadership, with workplace safety and health advice and also handles files related to workplace safety and health with employers where MNU represents nurses. He sits on the Provincial Violence Prevention in Healthcare Steering Committee and co-chairs the Joint Employer/Manitoba Council of Healthcare Unions Workplace Safety and Health Committee.


Marc Lafond click to open

Appointed in 2016, Marc Lafond has been employed as business manager and financial secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers of Manitoba, Local 987 (IUOE) since 2011. Previous to his employment with the IUOE, he was the executive director of OETIM Inc. a crane, heavy equipment and safety training facility from 2006 -2011, and was a Red Seal mobile crane operator for 1997 - 2006. He currently serves as a trustee on several pension and health and welfare boards and the Manitoba Apprenticeship and Certification Board. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Labour Studies program.


Maureen Morrison click to open

Appointed in 1983, Maureen Morrison worked for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for many years, first as a servicing representative and then as equality representative. Her work is primarily in the areas of pay and employment equity, harassment and discrimination, accommodation issues, and other human rights concerns.  Ms. Morrison retired from CUPE in June 2014.


James Murphy click to open

Appointed in 1999, James Murphy was the Canadian director of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) from August 2011 until he retired in January 2015. From 1985 to 1987, he was the training coordinator for Local 901 and was a business representative for the local from 1987 through 1995. In 1995, he was elected as the business manager of IUOE Local 987. He held that position until his appointment as Canadian director. Prior to 1985, he was a certified crane operator and had been an active member of the IUOE since the late 1960s. He was the past president of the Allied Hydro Council of Manitoba and the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council.




Shelley A. Neel click to open

Appointed in 2014, Shelley Neel worked as a staff representative for the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union from 2002 until her retirement in January 2015. She was actively involved in member education, collective bargaining, grievance handling and other activities related to the needs of the membership. Previously, Ms. Neel worked for a rural health authority and the Workers Compensation Board.


Sandra R.M. Oakley click to open

Appointed in 2008, Sandra Oakley was employed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) from 1981 to 2013. She worked as a national servicing representative, dealing with negotiations, grievance arbitrations and other labour relations issues, and as an assistant managing director in the Organizing and Servicing Department of CUPE at its national office in Ottawa. She was the regional director for CUPE in Manitoba from October 2002 to March 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Labour College of Canada. She serves on the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation Board of Directors and on the United Way of Winnipeg's Board of Trustees and was the chairperson of the United Way of Winnipeg's 2014 Campaign. Ms. Oakley is the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Community Unemployed Help Centre (CUHC) and co-chair of the Manitoba Federation of Non-profit Organizations.




Rik Panciera click to open

Appointed in 2011, Rik Panciera is currently employed as a national staff representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees where he has served for the past 19 years. As a staff representative, he deals with daily grievance and labour/management issues, as well as negotiates collective agreements. Mr. Panciera also represents his peers as a regional vice-president for the Canadian Staff Union. In 2015, Mr. Panciera was appointed to the executive council of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.




Bobbi Taillefer click to open

Appointed in 2014, Bobbi Taillefer is the general secretary of the Manitoba Teachers' Society (MTS).  Prior to assuming that role, she held positions of assistant general secretary, staff labour representative and bargainer for teachers across the province.   Prior to joining MTS, Ms. Taillefer was a high school teacher and principal in Winnipeg.  Her educational background includes a Masters in Educational Administration and, undergraduate degrees and certificates in human resources, economics, political sciences and law.  Ms. Taillefer is bilingual in French and English.




Sonia E. Taylor click to open

Appointed in 2005, Sonia Taylor has been employed since 1991 as a union representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local No. 832. She is actively involved in grievance handling, negotiations, arbitrations and organizing.


Glenn Tomchak click to open

Appointed in 2015, Glenn Tomchak has held positions in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1953 executive since 1984; including six years as chief steward and 19 years as president, dealing with grievance arbitration matters, collective bargaining and shop issues. In March 2015, he was elected as the directing business representative for District 181. Mr. Tomchak has worked at Motor Coach Industries for over 30 years.

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