On May 12, 2000 CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg agreed through a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to the establishment of a $3 million jointly administered Human Resource Development Fund for the purpose of education, training and staff development for CUPE rated employees.
On April 17, 2003 CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg agreed to a second LOU for an additional $3 million for the fund.
On March 22, 2006 CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg signed a third consecutive LOU which saw the addition of $900,000 to the Fund.
On February 26, 2008 CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg signed a fourth LOU that included $1.5 million for the fund for the period of 2008 - 2010.
On April 8, 2011, CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg signed a fifth LOU that included $1million for the fund for the period of 2011 - 2014.
On June 17, 2015, CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg signed a sixth LOU that included $500,000. This new LOU covers two calendar years (2015 - 2016).
On July 19,. 2017, CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg agreed to a seventh LOU that included 250,000 per year over four calendar years. and will continue to support the core Global Programs such as E-Learning, Foremanship, Essential Skills, Respectful Workplace training and Employee Wellness Program.
On December 15, 2022, City Council ratified the memorandum of agreement between CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg that included an eighth LOU to support the Global programs in the amount of $250,000 per year.
Since its creation, the Joint Education Fund was provided thousands of learning opportunities for CUPE members. The joint program was also recognized through numerous awards in several categories between 2002 and 2006.
Click here to view a copy of the current Letter of Understanding.