Labour Relations

Compensation Services

Compensation Services provides a complete range of services related to the administration of the Province's job classification program, employee benefits programs and compensation research to support the collective bargaining process and human resource policy development. Service is provided to Treasury Board, Government negotiators, human resource practitioners and department managers. Service is also provided to external public sector organizations requiring advice, information or interpretation of civil service compensation policies and practices. The Branch represents government in negotiations with employee representatives to amend the Civil Service Superannuation Plan, the Public Service Group Insurance Plan and the Teachers Pension Plan.

The Branch is also responsible for providing central administrative services for government-wide employee benefits and insurance programs in accordance with collective agreements, legislation and human resources policies. Benefits programs include the Ambulance & Hospital Semi-Private (AHSP), Dental, Vision, Prescription Drugs, Extended Health, Travel Health, Long-Term Disability (LTD) plans and Health Spending Account. The branch also provides advice to government departments and other public sector organizations with respect to the application of benefits programs.

Workers Compensation Board (WCB) costs from government departments and agencies are also managed by the branch. Financial information for statutory benefit and insurance programs including Civil Service Superannuation Plan, Canada Pension Plan, Group Life Insurance Plan, Employment Insurance, and the Levy for Health and Post-Secondary Education is compiled. Additionally, the branch is responsible for co-coordinating the budgeting and financial reporting activities related to Employee Pensions, Benefits and other salary related costs.

Negotiation Services

Negotiation Services provides a complete range of labour relations services to government by representing management in labour relations activities involving both unionized and non-unionized employees. Activities include negotiation of collective agreements with various bargaining agents and representing the employer at arbitration, human rights, Manitoba Labour Board and other tribunals. The Branch, upon request, assists a number of Crown corporations and government-funded agencies with labour relations matters. Negotiation Services also provides support and guidance to management concerning the implementation and interpretation of collective agreements. Activities involve providing counsel on proposed actions concerning labour relations issues in the workplace. The branch coordinates grievance and arbitration activities on behalf of government and conducts training sessions for managers and human resource consultants regarding their rights and responsibilities in managing under a collective agreement.