The following is based on information provided by the United Way of Winnipeg to assist union members, their families, and other workers during a difficult time. The following information is geared to Winnipeg residents, but people outside the city who may read this can contact their local United Way agency for a similar listing of agencies in their area. Click here and visit United Way Winnipeg.
If You're Involved in a strike, lockout or layoff Situation
First, make sure your family knows what has happened. It is important that you explain the situation to your family. You should prepare a plan with your family, including a list of family expenses.
You will have limited income during this time. Make a list of your necessary expenses and to whom you make regular payments. This may include:
. landlord/mortgage holder
Contact them as soon as possible and discuss payment options, given your situation. They can be surprisingly accommodating and may offer supports, services or options you don't know about. You should also identify other services/support you or your family might require during this period.
You may have to consider alternate sources of income, such as drawing from savings, borrowing from life insurance, and cashing in securities. Your local union may have someone designated to help you access other community or government programs and services - so that's a good place to start your search for information and assistance.
Acknowledge there will be increased stress during this period. On-going, hidden or new problems may intensify or surface during this period, but together you can make a plan to get through it.
UNITED WAY PARTNERS
There a number of organizations you can turn to for help. The United Way of Winnipeg network has a number of organizations that can help with family, financial and personal difficulties. Familiarize yourself with them - and don't hesitate to contact any that you think may be able to assist you.
Aurora Family Therapy Centre
Works to enhance personal, interpersonal and spiritual well- being of families, couples and individuals through the provision of therapy. Services are open to all. The Centre makes a particular effort to be sensitive to gender and culture.
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Phone: 204-786-9251 | Fax: 204-772-2547
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.aurorafamilytherapy.com
Community Unemployed Help Centre (CUHC)
Provides information, representation and advocacy services to help individuals obtain the Employment Insurance (E.I.) benefits to which they are entitled. The Centre also conducts presentations on E.I. and unemployment related issues. While monitoring changes to E.I. legislation, CUHC engages in public interest advocacy and test case litigation to ensure that the E.I. program provides income support to workers who become unemployed.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4M6
Phone: 204-942-6556 | Fax: 204-947-9557 | Toll free: 1-866-942-6556
Email: email@example.com | Website: www.cuhc.mb.ca
Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS)
Provides help to individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties, with emphasis on problems related to credit. CFCS also provides information, problem-solving and referral services to people receiving or applying for Income Assistance.
516-294 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0B9
Phone: 204-989-1900 | Fax: 204-989-1908 | Toll Free: 1-888-573-2383
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: debthelpmanitoba.com
Family Centre offers counselling to individuals, couples and families; programs to improve communication and parenting skills; and helps people learn to live without violence. The Centre's commitment to families is extended through its Families and Schools Together program and the establishment of family resource centres in subsidized housing communities.
Portage Place, 401-393 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H6
Phone: 204-947-1401 | Fax: 204-947-2128
Email: email@example.com | Website: www.familydynamics.ca
A non-profit, community-based organization that is a food distribution and training centre. A current Manitoba medical number is needed to access emergency food supplies.
1085 Winnipeg Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2
Phone: 204-982-3660 (For food assistance) | 204-982 3663 (General) | Toll-free 1-800-970-5559 | Fax: 204-775-4180
WRHA Mobile Crisis Unit
Available 24 hours for adults 18 years and older within Winnipeg, this is a multi-disciplinary team specializing in crisis intervention, mental health assessment, emergency support and short term follow-up for adults having problems coping. The team will either visit the client or assess the situation over the phone. They may also refer them to the Crisis Response Centre to access a wider range of services.
Klinic Community Health Centre
24-hour Crisis Line is open to anyone who wants to discuss a problem. Among others, these include: depression, loss, separation, grief, self-esteem, suicide, anxiety, relationships, childhood abuse (past or current), domestic abuse, sudden life changes, loneliness, sexuality and sexual orientation.
870 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0P1
Phone: 204-784-4090 | Fax (general): 204-772-7998 | Fax (medical): 204-784-4013
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.klinic.mb.ca
Crisis Line: 204-786-8686 | Toll Free: 1-888-322-3019 | TTY: 204-784-4097
Manitoba Suicide Line: 1-877-435-7170 | Website: reasontolive.ca
Legal Aid Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0R9
Phone: 204-985-8500 | Fax: 204-949-9216 | TTY: 204-943-1131 | Toll Free: 1-800-261-2960
Community Agencies Community Legal Education Association (Manitoba) Inc.
Law Phone-In and Lawyer Referral service, call 204-943-2305 or toll free 1-800-262-8800 (from outside Winnipeg only please). For a referral to a lawyer only, you can also call 204-943-3602.
205-414 Graham Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L8
Phone: 204-943-2382 | Fax: 204-943-3600
Email: email@example.com | Website: communitylegal.mb.ca
Residential Tenancies Branch
302-254 Edmonton St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3Y4
Telephone: 204-945-2476 | Toll Free (MB): 1-800-782-8403 | Fax: 204-945-6273
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: gov.mb.ca/cca/rtb
These are just a few of the agencies available to assist you. Remember to also contact a union counsellor or your local for assistance.
For more information about what assistance is available, or to request a printed brochure containing the information found on this web page, please contact:
Labour Director, United Way of Winnipeg
580 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C7
Email: email@example.com | Website: UnitedWayWinnnipeg.mb.ca
Winnipeg residents can also contact the Winnipeg Labour Council at 204-942-0522.
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