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CUPE Local 500/City of Winnipeg - Bargaining Update #28

September 16, 2022 at 9:47 PM

CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg continued conciliation talks on September 15 and into the evening on September 16, 2022.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, minimal movement was made by the employer.

We realize our members are extremely frustrated, as is your Bargaining Committee with the lack of progress made to conclude this round of negotiations. Our goal remains to get you the best agreement possible that values the work you do and services you provide to the citizens of Winnipeg.

Taking strike action is always a last resort, but it appears we are headed in that direction. While we don’t have a strike deadline set, we are continuing our strike preparations in the event that job action cannot be avoided.

As you know our strike headquarters was officially opened on September 12. Our next step will be for members to register for picket duty. We have locations secured for sign-up and will be announcing more detailed information on Monday.

We regret having to deliver this announcement to you, as we believe a fair settlement is achievable. We know this has been a stressful time and we appreciate your continued support and solidarity.


As a reminder, please avoid listening to rumours. Do not believe anything you hear unless it comes from the Union. If you have questions, contact the Local 500 office directly to get the facts. 

Watch for more information

Your Bargaining Committee is committed to keeping you informed on any new developments. Please keep an eye on your home email or workplace bulletin board for further updates. You can also access all of our bargaining updates on our social media sites or the Local 500 website at

As always, please feel free to reach out to the bargaining committee by emailing us at if you have any questions or concerns

Once again, thank you for your support.

Stronger together!

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Gord Delbridge, President, CUPE Local 500

Carmen Prefontaine, President, Civic Services Unit

Phil Dembicki, President, Community Services Unit 

Nicholas McClurg, President, Public Works Unit/Local 500 SAO

Madelaine Dwyer, President, Water and Waste Unit

Rebecca Scott, Member at Large/Local 500 SAO

Jon Shalapata, Member at Large 

Alex McClurg, CUPE National Staff Representative 

Kevin Carswell, CUPE National Staff Representative 

Dale Edmunds, CUPE National Staff Representative 

Elizabeth Wheeler, CUPE National Staff Representative

Karen Byzuk, Local 500 Staff