Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers

WAPSO President Speaks To Council Before Final Budget Vote At City Hall

 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (updated)

The City of Winnipeg’s 2014 Operating and Capital Budgets were approved at a special meeting of City Council today. The approved Budget includes a property tax increase of 2.95%, an operating budget of $967.8 million and a capital budget of $379 million.

This budget impacts our members in a number of areas, including the elimination of 20 professional and supervisory positions, mainly through attrition and imposition of a mandatory 3.5 days of unpaid leave between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day for non-essential staff. The city expects to save $1.5 million through the mandatory leave and a further $14.1 million through vacancy management in various departments city-wide.

Earlier in the day, WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Andrew Weremy spoke directly to the Mayor and Councillors on behalf of our members.

"We oppose efforts that target and single out dedicated hard working people that play a critical role in the services we provide and the well being of Winnipeg, said Weremy.

"We understand that these are challenging fiscal times, but we do not believe our members should continue to bear the responsibility of these challenges."

Joining President Weremy were Dave Sauer of the Winnipeg Labour Council and CUPE Local 500 President Mike Davidson, who also spoke out against the budget's staff reductions, mandatory furlough and ASD measures. 


If you have have been contacted and are affected by the 2014 Budget, please contact the WAPSO Office at 204-925-4120.


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