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CUPE Local 500/City of Winnipeg- Bargaining Update #41

October 25, 2022 at 2:13 PM






A tentative agreement was reached between CUPE Local 500 and the City of Winnipeg on October 11. The Union's Negotiating Committee is recommending that the members accept the tentative settlement. 

Contract Explanation/Vote on Tentative Agreement

All CUPE Local 500 members working at the City of Winnipeg are eligible to vote and encouraged to attend one of the scheduled information meetings listed below. During the meetings, the Union's Negotiating Committee will explain the City's tentative settlement offer and answer your questions. 

Members should have already received a card in the mail detailing the meeting and voting information.  If you did not receive a card, it may mean that we do not have your correct mailing address and you should contact the Local 500 office to update your contact information, as well as with your employer. This can be done through Peoplesoft or you can contact your HR representative.

Membership Meetings and Voting:

Information meetings and voting are scheduled for:


9:00 a.m. (to accommodate shift workers) 
or at 7:00 p.m.
2nd Floor, Room 2H
RBC Convention Centre 
375 York Avenue


7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m
2nd Floor, Room 2E
RBC Convention Centre 
375 York Avenue 

Why Aren't The Voting Hours Extended Like July’s Vote?

Some of our members have expressed concerns that their shift does not allow them time to vote on the tentative contract on October 25. As in previous years, the employer is flexible in allowing employees time to vote on the tentative agreement. Please remember to let your supervisor know about your intentions to go and vote. You should also try to incorporate your time away into break periods, or where feasible, vote either before, or after your regular workday. Your cooperation to the above is greatly appreciated.  

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

We try to allow as much time as possible for people to vote during the day. However, we do not have provisions in our by-laws and constitution that allows a mail-in ballot or a proxy vote.

Why is the vote held the following day after the meeting?

The answer to this question is contained in the Local 500 By-laws under Clause 9 section (d).

It states:

"In the case of a general meeting called in which the terms and conditions of a tentative settlement will be presented regarding a City of Winnipeg Contract, a written notice of such meeting will be forwarded to each member at the last known address and shall be mailed not less than one week prior to the holding of the general meeting. A ratification vote to accept or reject the tentative settlement shall take place by secret ballot the following day after which the general meeting was held".

Can I get copies of the offer of settlement before the meetings and voting?

Copies of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Tentative Agreement Highlights will be available after 9:00 a.m. on October 24.

There are a number of ways to receive a copy:

  •  At the membership information sessions or at the vote;
  • At the Local 500 office, 2nd Floor, Room 203, 275 Broadway after 9:00 am;
  • Information will be sent out via personal email after 9:00 am on October 24 for those members who are already on our email contact list.

As well, if there are people from your workplace attending the meeting, they can take extra information packages back to the workplace with them.

Additional questions or concerns?

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Local 500 office at 204-942-1001 or by email to

Support your bargaining committee

Your bargaining committee is made up of your coworkers and colleagues from various city departments. They worked hard alongside the lead negotiator and CUPE Staff to be able to bring this offer to the membership for a vote. 

We know this has been a long and stressful road for our members and we want to once again, thank you all for your solidarity and support.

We look forward to meeting with you on October 24! 

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 

Karen Byzuk, Local 500 Staff