As we turn the page on this unprecedented year, I want to thank all of our members for your hard work and commitment in the face of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has tested us in ways most of us could never have imagined. From the way we work to how we interact with one another, the pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our daily lives.
There is no doubt this crisis presented a number of workplace concerns for our members and our union.
Many of you have remained at work, while many are working from home or reassigned to work in our community. Others have had to take time off to deal with health challenges or family responsibilities. And there is no doubt our part-time and temporary members in community services were hit the hardest through two rounds of lay-offs in the past six months.
Through it all, our Local has continued to fight hard to defend the rights of our members and ensure your health and safety remains a priority. I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to our leaders, activists and staff for your continued work in making sure our members have access to the important services they need. The work of our union did not end when the pandemic began.
The year ahead is going to be a busy one especially on the bargaining front. We are currently in negotiations at Kirkfield-Westwood C.C. and preparations are underway for bargaining with the Winnipeg Humane Society. We can also report that after years of delays by the Pallister government, the CUPE Bargaining Council is finally in talks with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services (PHLRS).
The Local will also enter contract negotiations with the City of Winnipeg, our largest employer. In other areas of our Local, contracts are expiring in 2021 at Gateway C.C., RM of East St. Paul, Canlan Ice Sports and Winnipeg Convention Centre. As always, we appreciate your input and support during the bargaining process.
To keep you informed, we will be communicating all bargaining updates through home email, text messages and social media during contract negotiations. If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to sign up to receive updates by clicking here.
In closing, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every Local 500 member for your membership and support. Many of you will be working through the holidays to keep our city running and our community safe. Your courageous dedication does not go unacknowledged.
I would like to wish you all the best this holiday season and share your hopes for a brighter New Year.
President, CUPE Local 500