City Workers’ Union Agrees to Work with Mediator

The union representing about 5,000 City of Winnipeg workers says it’s ready to work with a mediator.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 500 has accepted Labour Minister Jennifer Howard’s offer for a mediator to resolve the contract dispute with the city.

“While we received an overwhelming strike mandate from our members, we feel this is the most effective way to reach an agreement our members deserve, while protecting the city services Winnipeggers rely on,” said union president Mike Davidson in a release.

On Wednesday, CUPE set up a strike headquarters office on Portage Avenue at Sherbrook Street.

Workers have been operating without a contract since December 31, 2010.

The city says it’s open to work with a mediator, but not binding mediation.