CUPE Local 500 > News/Media > News Archive > CUPE LOCAL 500/ CITY OF WINNIPEG BARGAINING UPDATE #20


July 08, 2022 at 5:19 PM


This is an important reminder about the upcoming membership meetings and strike mandate vote.

All CUPE Local 500 members working at the City of Winnipeg are eligible to vote and attend one of the scheduled information meetings listed below.

During the meeting, your bargaining committee will update you on negotiations and discuss the City’s latest offer.  As we said in our last update, the City’s offer was not one we could recommend to you for ratification. Now, your bargaining committee is asking you to stand in support of a strike mandate.  We need a strong strike mandate in order to achieve a fair settlement.

Note:  If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, information will be sent   out via personal email after 12:00 noon on July 11. Please make sure that Local 500 has your up to date personal email address in order to receive the information. You can register your email by visiting our website at

9:00 am (to accommodate shift workers) or 
12:00 noon or 
7:00 pm 
2nd floor, Room 2EF
RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre
375 York Avenue 
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
2nd Floor, Pan Am Room 
RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre
375 York Avenue 
Frequently Asked Questions – Meetings/Voting 

Q: What is a strike mandate?

A: A strike mandate means the membership has given their Bargaining Committee a mandate to call a strike if necessary.  It does not mean you are automatically on strike.

Q: If I am unable to attend the meeting, how can I get the information?

A: We will have information available at the voting and will have people there to review it with you and answer your questions. Information will also be sent out via   personal email after 12:00 noon on July 11.  

You can also pick up the information at the Local 500 office, 203-275 Broadway after     12:00 noon on July 11.

Q: What if I can’t make the vote? Can I mail in my ballot? Can someone else      vote for me?

A: We do not have provisions in our by-laws and constitution that allows a mail-in ballot or a proxy vote. 

Am I allowed time off to attend the information meetings and vote on a      strike mandate?

A: The City does not provide time off for employees to attend the information sessions  and the City is not allowing employees time off to vote on the strike mandate.          Therefore, we have tried to schedule the meeting and voting times to accommodate       workers of all shift schedules.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or need further information about the meetings or voting, please contact us at 204-942-1001 or by email:

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this process.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Gord Delbridge, President • Carmen Prefontaine, Civic Services UnitPhil Dembicki, Community Services UnitNicholas McClurg, Public Works Unit/Local 500 SAO Madelaine Dwyer, Water and Waste UnitRebecca Scott, Member at Large/Local 500 SAO• Jon Shalapata, Member at Large• Alex McClurg, Kevin Carswell, Dale Edmunds, Elizabeth Wheeler - CUPE National Servicing Representatives • Karen Byzuk, Local 500 Staff