Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers


 It is with sadness and warm memories that we acknowledge the passing of Bill Comstock who passed away on Sunday, June 2nd. Read more >>>

WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 will award one scholarship of $500 to a dependent child or stepchild of a WAPSO member enrolled in their first year of post-secondary education.

The first scholarship was approved by the WAPSO Board of Directors at its October 20, 2016 meeting.

On May 27th, 2019 in honour, the WAPSO Board has renamed our annual scholarship the William S. Comstock Scholarship in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to WAPSO members and his commitment to the Labour movement in Manitoba.

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WAPSO members,

I am pleased to advise that we have welcomed Katie Haig-Anderson to the WAPSO office in the position of Labour Relations Officer.

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 WAPSO / City of Winnipeg Overtime Arbitration

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Message from WAPSO President, Richard Mahé

In September 2018, the City of Winnipeg and WAPSO attended an arbitration hearing to decide a WAPSO grievance regarding overtime.

In January 2019, the Arbitrator ruled that the current overtime regime contained within the WAPSO / City of Winnipeg Collective Agreement is not in compliance with the Employment Standards Code.

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WAPSO IFPTE Local 162 is now up and running as a corporate client with Park’N Fly for discounts.

Use Park'N Fly's association discount code and save on your next vacation!

Simply present your association discount code at time of check out (when you return to pick up your vehicle) and you'll automatically receive the discounted rate. Please see the flyer at the bottom of this page under additional resources. (click on the Winter Vacation Package for new rate)

Park & Fly suggests that WAPSO members sign up for the rewards card. Should anyone have a rewards card now, they will need to sign into there profile and add the new discount code provided. The rewards card will track the discount number, the Aeroplan number and track down any free earned days.

Please click on the "read more" link below to read about the members discount offer and to access the Park & Fly rewards PDF document attachments.

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 Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan Read more >>>

 Please click on the link under the Additional Resources to download the document.

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers will be awarding four (4) scholarships of $2,500 USD each to children or grandchildren of IFPTE members who wish to continue their education beyond high school. As a member of WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 your child or grandchild is eligible to apply.

Details of the scholarships, eligibility criteria and application form can be found at:

Applications must be postmarked on or before March 15th, 2018.

In its recent decision, the Arbitration Board ruled that anyone employed by the City who was a member of WAPSO from October 31, 2015 to the present, may apply for a retroactive pay adjustment for all periods during which they were employed by the City. Read more >>>

WAPSO members,

We are aware of the conduct at the Standing Policy Committee meeting on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on October 31, 2017 and its consequences. 

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 WAPSO members,

The Arbitrator has provided a decision on the policy grievance filed by WAPSO regarding Schedule J.

Please find the full decision here.

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The Interest Arbitration Board has provided the following award for the new WAPSO Collective Agreement:

1. The new collective agreement will be for a term of 4 years and 2 ½ months, ending on December 31, 2019

2. Wage increases of:
     a. 2.2% effective October 31, 2015;
     b. 2% effective October 31, 2016;
     c. 2% effective December 24, 2017;
     d. 1% effective December 23, 2018;
     e. 1% effective June 23, 2019

3. Current employees are entitled to retroactive pay, payable as of the pay period following date that the new agreement comes into effect. Former employees or their estates are entitled to retroactive pay adjustments subject to submitting applications for retroactive pay in writing by December 31, 2017

4. The request by WAPSO to impose changes to the overtime provisions is denied

5. Standby rates in Article 32 are increased to $50.00 and $100.00 from $45.00 and $90.00 for weekday and weekend shifts, respectively

6. The request by the City to impose changes to the provisions concerning Sick Leave and LTD is denied

7. Schedule J is removed from the collective agreement

In addition, there are a number of negotiated changes to the Agreement which will be discussed at the Information Sessions.


The Interest Arbitration Board has provided the award for the new WAPSO Collective Agreement.


Planning, Property and Development
July 19, 2017
65 Garry Street - 4th Floor Boardroom

Corporate Services
July 25, 2017
180 King Street – 4th Floor, Emerald Room

Water & Waste / Public Works
July 26, 2017
1155 Pacific Avenue - Training Rooms A, B, C

July 27, 2017
421 Osborne Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom

The Equity and Social Justice Committee are collecting gently used dress clothing for men and women. These items will be donated to programs that help men and women gain employment skills. Items can be dropped off at Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm:

Winnipeg Labour Council Office
504-275 Broadway (please call (204) 942-0522 prior to drop off)


WAPSO IFPTE Local 162 Office
2705-83 Garry Street 

WAPSO IFPTE Local 162 President Michael Robinson speaking at the Day of Mourning ceremony at City Hall on April 28, 2017.

For more pictures from the Day of Mourning ceremony, please see WAPSO's Flickr page.

The interest arbitration concluded on April 25, 2017 after two days of hearing.

We expect a decision from the arbitration panel within 90 days.

April 20, 2017

For the information of WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 members who use their own vehicle at work and claim mileage, please be advised that the Canada Revenue Agency automobile allowance rates for 2017 are 54 cents per km for the first 5,000 km and 48 cents after that.

Please visit the CRA website for more detailed information at:



Interest Arbitration is set for Monday, April 24th to Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 9:30 AM.

The arbitration will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel – Club Room (lower level).

Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO)

WAPSO is an Association dedicated to the administrative, supervisory and professional civic work force, and to the healthcare professionals of Riverview Health Centre and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  We work for their rights and help them achieve success in their careers.


Stay current with the latest news releases from WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162. (To review past articles, please click on the News Archive button on the main menu.)


I am pleased to welcome Keith Bellamy to the position of Executive Director at WAPSO.


WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Michael Robinson, joined by Dave Sauer of the IFPTE Canadian Council, lead a delegation of WAPSO members in support of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505's "One Life Is Too Many" Rally at City Hall on Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Winnipeg walk for Human Rights lead by Mayor Bowman. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12 noon starting in the plaza area between the Forks Market Building and the Johnson Terminal Building.


On Monday, January 30th, 2017 WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Michael Robinson, 1st Vice President Richard Mahe and Executive Director Dee Gillies met with City of Winnipeg Chief Administrative Officer Doug McNeil at City Hall.

A productive discussion took place on a number of workplace issues that are of interest to WAPSO members. We agreed to keep the lines of communication open in the coming year.

Please be advised that your 2016-2017 WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 Board Members, elected at our November 7, 2016 Annual General Meeting, are as follows:

President - Michael Robinson, City of Winnipeg - Planning, Property & Development
1st Vice-President - Richard Mahe, City of Winnipeg - Planning, Property & Development
2nd Vice-President - Vacant
Secretary-Treasurer - Angela Smith, City of Winnipeg - Water & Waste

Tara Martin, Riverview Health Centre
Donna Jacobs, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Rochelle Viray, City of Winnipeg - City Clerks
Gary Swanson, City of Winnipeg - Community Services
Andres Villafana, City of Winnipeg - Corporate Services
Daren Wolfe, City of Winnipeg - Fleet Management Agency
Adam Cunliffe, City of Winnipeg - Parking Authority
Pamela Langstaff, City of Winnipeg - Planning, Property & Development
Bonnie Konzelman, City of Winnipeg - Public Works
Derek Terperto, City of Winnipeg - Public Works
Chad McKenzie, City of Winnipeg - Transit
Alex Regiec, City of Winnipeg - Transit
Tim Homes, City of Winnipeg - Water & Waste

The Negotiating Committee is holding meetings to provide an update on the status of our collective bargaining on the following dates:

Wednesday October 12, 2016

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Sign-up Room, 421 Osborne St

12:30 pm – 1:15 p-pm Sign- up Room, 421 Osborne St

Thursday October 13, 2016

11:30 am – 12:15 pm WAPSO Boardroom, 2705-83 Garry St

12:30 pm – 1:15 p-pm WAPSO Boardroom, 2705-83 Garry St

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Meeting Room, United Way, 580 Main St 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

11:30 am - 12:15 pm (1155 Pacific on-board charter bus)

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (1155 Pacific on-board charter bus)

The Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers IFPTE Local 162 is pleased to announce that we've hired Alyssa Hung as our new Labour Relations Officer.

Alyssa will be in the office from Monday to Friday, and you can reach her by calling direct at (204) 925-4126 or via e-mail at

WAPSO would also like to express a sincere "thank you" Maria Jordan for her excellent and dedicated service to our members. Maria and her family are moving to Ontario, and we wish them all the best in their new endeavour.

There is an interesting article that recently appeared on the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) website that WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 would like to share with its members as information.

The BBC article reports that government of French President Francois Hollande is proposing "right to disconnect" labour legislation that is aimed at improving work-life balance and reducing stress and "burn-out" risk caused by the digital "electronic leash" of e-mails that keeps employees tied to their work long after the office is closed.

Please click on the link below to read the article on the BBC website.

After WAPSO responded to the City’s proposal on Thursday, July 14, 2016, the City advised that they were not prepared to continue to negotiate and unilaterally cancelled further bargaining dates. We are currently exploring options, including legal options and will keep you apprised accordingly.

The City has contacted our Chief Negotiator and asked to reconvene collective bargaining. The WAPSO Bargaining Committee will return to the negotiating table with the City on July 14th and 15th.

Watch this website for further updates.

Our Negotiating Committee met with the City on December 11, 2015 to exchange proposals. Chief Negotiator Maria Jordan presented and walked through WAPSO’s proposals. We are currently reviewing the proposals that we received from the City and will return to the negotiating table on January 27th. Information meetings will be scheduled later in February and early March.


The WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 office is open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Office is closed on statutory holidays.

Our staff can be reached at the Local 162 office by calling (204) 925-4120.


We can be found on the 27th floor of 83 Garry Street, which is the tall apartment building with the revolving restaurant on top, and located directly behind the Hotel Fort Garry south of Broadway.

Our building's entrance can be accessed from Garry Street via the back lane (this lane is situated between our building and the back of the Hotel Fort Garry). Enter our building's Foyer at the mid-point between Garry Street and Fort Street. Take the glass elevator (on your left) to floor 27 and we are in office number 2705 (look for the WAPSO-IFPTE sign on the wall next to our door).

Our building's Parkade entrance ramp is located in this back lane at the middle and next to the building entrance.

We look forward to serving you.

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