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City letter about potential CUPE strike sent in error – Winnipeg Free Press

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Some Winnipeggers who have signed up for swimming lessons and other recreational guiding programs have been inadvertently told that the city is not responsible for any inconvenience they would suffer if city workers striking.

The city sent out a notice on Thursday addressed to “customers of the City of Winnipeg Recreation Services,” noting that the government is preparing for a possible labor disruption and may not be able to meet its recreation agreements if it happens.

“City services, features and support may be unavailable during this time. It’s unclear what effect the labor disruption will have on the city’s ability to enforce the terms of the agreement. The city is not responsible for any inconvenience, nuisance or discomfort this may cause you,” the document states.

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Local 500 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the city’s largest union, recently set up a strike headquarters to prepare for a possible strike.

It also warns recipients, “you may have to cross a picket line to access any property in the city”, in the event of a strike.

Local 500 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the city’s largest union, recently set up a strike headquarters to prepare for a possible strike. The union represents approximately 4,900 City of Winnipeg workers, who provide key services to pools, libraries, 311, public works and water and waste.

Workers voted 93% in favor of a strike mandate in July, but have yet to walk off the job.

The city’s notice was posted on social media, where a Reddit user pointed to the claim that the city is “not responsible” for the potential disruption. Some commentators have criticized the city for not paying workers enough to avoid the threat of industrial action.

A post deemed the letter redundant, alleging that parents are already aware that “the city is not responsible for any inconvenience” after long delays in registering for leisure guide swimming lessons last month.

In a written statement, a city spokesperson said the email was accidentally sent to some residents who signed up for recreation activities, when it was only intended for recreation contractors in the city.

“The city distributed this letter in error to residents who hold memberships at our recreation facilities and a segment of residents enrolled in recreation guide programming. We will issue a correction, letting them know that the city will abide by the terms and conditions of their memberships and program registrations in the event of a labor disruption,” wrote Felicia Wiltshire, the city’s director of communications.

Wiltshire said the city has begun efforts to maintain critical and essential services in the event of a strike.

However, the statement said it was premature to talk about possible disruptions in service, if the workers left the job.

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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Joyanne loves telling the stories of this city, especially when it comes to politics. Joyanne became a reporter at City Hall for the Winnipeg Free Press in early 2020.