Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers

WAPSO Lobbying efforts bring results

Province Announces Changes to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act & City of Winnipeg Charter.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Province of Manitoba announced ammendments to legislation that would provide for increased transparency in government and the extension of identity protection to municipal employees who wish to report perceived wrongdoing in local government.

"Local 162 has worked hard on behalf of its members to lead the charge for change on this issue," said WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Andy Weremy.

On November 7th, 2013 the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers' (WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162) Board of Directors sent letters to the Mayor's Office and to the Provincial Minister Responsible for the City of Winnipeg calling for whistleblower protection for our members.

Following up with two subsequent meetings, the Board's Executive met with then Mayor Sam Katz on April 11th, 2014, and on December 9th, 2014 with our newly elected Mayor Brian Bowman to discuss the issue of whistleblower protection and creation of an ethics commissioner.

"These ammendments will offer better protection to our members in the future." stated President Weremy. "This is a good first step, and we are very pleased that they will be enabled into legislation by the end of this year!"

For more details about the Province's announcement, please see the following link:

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