Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers

City Suspends Mandatory 3.5 Days Of Unpaid Leave

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Winnipeg’s City Council voted today in favour of a motion made by Councillor Russ Wyatt, the City’s finance chair, to suspend the planned mandatory 3.5 days of unpaid leave during the Christmas holidays.

“We are very pleased to see the City reversing its decision on the forced 3.5 days of unpaid leave,” said WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 President Andy Weremy. “I want to thank our members for their patience and support, and commend the hard work by our executive, staff and legal counsel on this important labour relations issue.”

Since December 2013 and after the announcement of the unpaid leave plan, WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162 has regularly consulted with its legal counsel, met with the Mayor, and arranged to meet with the Chief Administrative Officer.

Your Union has strongly maintained, and shared with the City, a legal opinion from our lawyer that the construction of our Collective Agreement would prohibit the City from imposing their unpaid time plan on WAPSO members.

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