City Workers Vote to Strike, Further Talks Planned

By Brian Schultz

About 4,600 of the City of Winnipeg’s workers voted Friday in favour of a strike mandate, after turning down the latest offer set forth by the city.

Employees represented by CUPE Local 500 voted 87 percent against the contract offer.

While no date has been set for a strike, more talks between both sides are scheduled and could take place as early as Tuesday, February 22.

“While the result of the vote is disappointing, the city has, throughout the collective bargaining process, remained committed to negotiations that would arrive at an agreement,” said Linda Black, Director of Corporate Support Services.

The city has maintained that in the event of a work stoppage, essential services from police, fire and paramedics would remain in place as usual. Services associated with public safety, health and statutory requirements would also continue.