CUPE Local 500/City of Winnipeg - Bargaining Update #38 - Statement from the CUPE 500 Bargaining Committee
October 11, 2022 at 1:46 PM
Today, the following statement was issued by the CUPE 500 Bargaining Committee:
CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg spent the long weekend negotiating through a conciliator.
It was agreed through the conciliator that we had achieved a tentative agreement, pending the Executive Policy Committee’s (EPC) approval. The tentative agreement would then go to the CUPE 500 membership for a ratification vote.
We call on EPC to meet immediately, today, to discuss the tentative agreement reached over the weekend.
We are shocked and disheartened that the CAO would contradict the discussions agreed upon through the conciliation process. This has resulted in an incredible amount of undue hardship on our negotiating committee, our members, and the public.
The City appears to be attempting to stall our efforts to achieve a fair deal for municipal workers.
If the CAO has unilaterally decided that a tentative agreement pending EPC approval has not been achieved through the conciliation process, CUPE 500 will file an Unfair Labour Practice with the Manitoba Labour Board that the City has been bargaining in bad faith.
If the City’s official position is that a tentative agreement pending EPC approval has not been achieved, CUPE 500 will proceed with strike action for Wednesday morning, 12:01 am, as planned.
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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
Karen Byzuk, Local 500 Staff