Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union Says Winnipeg Leaders Want Workers to Take a One-Year Wage Freeze

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union Says Winnipeg Leaders Want Workers to Take a One-Year Wage Freeze

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Union says city wants wage freeze for workers

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Winnipeg's largest union says it is will vote today on the latest contract offer from the city, which asks them to take a one-year-wage freeze.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says if the offer is rejected, that will give the union a strike mandate.

CTV Winnipeg has learned the city's latest proposal consists of a one-year wage freeze, followed by one per cent increases over the next two years and a 1.25 per cent increase in year four.

CUPE Local 500 President Gord Delbridge says the city is getting the same amount of funding as in the past.

He says this is not the right time for a wage freeze or for politicians to be crying poverty.

Delbridge said CUPE members have been treated like "third-rate citizens. …

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