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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.

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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.)

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:

Executive:
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

Directors-at-large:
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

WAPSO ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Monday, November 7, 2016
12 Noon
Meeting Room, United Way Building
580 Main Street

As a light lunch will be served, please RSVP vverity@wapso.ca by Thursday, November 3, 2016.

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 ahung@wapso.ca.

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.
 

Pursuant to Section 67(1) of the Labour Relations Act, the City has requested a Conciliation Officer to assist in the settlement for a renewed Collective Agreement.

The WAPSO Bargaining Committee will meet with the Conciliation Officer on September 8th, 13th, and 15th.

Referral for settlement to an arbitration board continues concurrently notwithstanding our participation in the conciliation process 

September 2, 2016

Labour Day brings many thoughts to mind.

Labour Day marks the end of the summer months. While those of us with kids have already seen the start of another school year, the Labour Day weekend signals the last deep breath before our families plunge back into the swing of a new school year. It kick-starts the season when footballs are flying, and leaves are falling, and (God forbid) we need to dig though our closets for our jackets and sweatshirts. For Americans, and interested Canadians (who are all VERY interested this year), Labour Day also means the big final push toward Election Day in the US.

And, of course, we need to focus on the real reason we celebrate Labour Day in Canada and the US. We enjoy a day off to acknowledge the value each of us bring to our communities through the work we do. After all, that's the real point of Labour Day,

Labour Day is OUR day. It's All Workers' Day. It's a day that's set aside for us to openly embrace the true meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King's message that, "All labour has dignity." It's the day when each of us - regardless of what we do for a living - can acknowledge the work of others, while we also unabashedly accept the gratitude shown to us on our one special day of the year. (By the way, got plans on going out to lunch on Monday after the parade? Please remember to leave a bigger tip than you normally do.)

While all labour and all work have dignity, and having a job does much to enhance our self-respect, we need more. With the "Fight for 15" comes a stark reminder that we need jobs that build the middle class. Jobs with real wages. Jobs that lead to meaningful careers. Jobs that allow us to raise families - to build communities - to build cities - to build our nations' economies. In short, we need union jobs.

So, Labour Day also means a celebration of the word "Labour" with a capital L. It's a special day for all workers, and it's an especially golden day for those of us who are union members.

Enjoy the day. You've earned it.

Happy Labour Day!

In Solidarity,
Gregory J. Junemann
President

Pursuant to Article 18-5 of our Collective Agreement we have referred the settlement for a renewed Collective Agreement to an arbitration board.

We remain prepared to discuss a settlement at any time notwithstanding our referral to arbitration.

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.

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.

www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36249647

Day of Mourning April 28th, 2015
WAPSO Speech at City Hall Ceremony

Good Morning,

Mayor Bowman, Councillors, Senior Administration, fellow union brothers and sisters and guests; on behalf of WAPSO’s members and Board I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of today’s gathering and I would also like to thank those who organized today’s event. Today is to recognize those who have been hurt or lost their lives while at work and to remind ourselves of the need to ensure that our workplaces are as safe as practical to allow everyone to go home at the end of the day and at the end of their careers.

Please click on the "read more" link below to read the full text of President Robinson's speech.

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WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Michael Robinson in solidarity with CUPE Local 500 President Gord Delbridge spoke on the City's proposed 2016 Operating Budget at the City's Executive Policy Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 and at City Council on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Follow the 'read more' link to view more specific details.

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WAPSO and CUPE Local 500 have jointly launched a one-week radio ad campaign calling on Council to immediately stop, and begin to reverse the Vacancy Management program to ensure our municipal workforce is adequately staffed.

The City is proposing over $20 million in Vacancy Management in the proposed 2016 operating budget. Currently, there are approximately 268 total positions that are vacant at the City of Winnipeg.

You can click on this link to listen to the radio ad: www.cupe500.mb.ca/files/4614/5755/4952/CUPE_LOCAL_500-VACANCY_MANAGEMENT.mp3

 

The unions that represent Winnipeg’s municipal workers and the city’s administrative, supervisory, and professional staff, are calling for Mayor Bowman to end the Katz-era practice of not filling vacant positions.

Follow the 'read more" link to view more details.

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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.

Follow the 'read more" link to view more details.

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Information meetings to update members on the current WAPSO negotiations will be held as follows:

Tuesday February 16, 2016            
2nd floor Boardroom
421 Osborne St.
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. & 12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 17, 2016
WAPSO Office Boardroom
2704-83 Garry St.
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. & 12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday February 18,2016
Training Centre Rooms A, B & C
1199 Pacific Ave.
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. & 12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday February 19, 2016
United Way
Main Floor Boardroom
580 Main St.
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. & 12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(Bring your own lunch).

For the information of WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 members who use their own vehicle at work and claim mileage, please follow the 'read more' link for more information about the Canada Revenue Agency's automobile allowance rates for 2016.

On Monday, January 18th, 2016 WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Michael Robinson, 1st Vice President Alex Regiec and Interim Executive Director Dee Gillies met with City of Winnipeg Chief Administrative Officer Doug McNeil at City Hall.

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

Maria 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 mjordan@wapso.ca.

OFFICE HOURS

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.

DIRECTIONS

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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