Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workers Reject Offer from City of Winnipeg, Union Doesn't Mean Strike Inevitable

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workers Reject Offer from City of Winnipeg, Union Doesn't Mean Strike Inevitable

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Workers reject offer from City of Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG - Members of Local 500 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees have voted to reject the City of Winnipeg's recent contract offer.

The union representing 4,000 city workers now has a strike mandate, though union officials say that doesn't mean a strike will be held.

Both the city and the union say in news releases that they hope to get back to the bargaining table soon.

The city's latest four-year offer to workers includes a wage freeze in 2017, with increases of one per cent in the next two years and 1.25 per cent in the final year.

CUPE says a strike would impact everything from 311 services, grass cutting in parks, pothole repairs, tree pruning, libraries and summer festivals. …

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