Positively Public Campaign
City workers in Winnipeg are facing a huge assault on public services and their jobs.
Over the last five years, City Council has privatized garbage collection, sold off taxpayer’s assets and handed Assiniboine Park (a large part of the city’s history and cultural life) over to private organizations to run. Next in line for possible private delivery are water and wastewater services, library services and the operation of civic golf courses. Recreation programs are also at risk.
Local 500 has launched a multi-faceted four year campaign (with public information, direct action, lobbying of politicians), to profile city workers and expose the services they provide. We want Winnipeg to know that public services should be delivered by dedicated public employees who are acting in the best interests of the entire public. Part of our message to the public, is that strong public services create the quality of life we deserve in our city.
By building community support and suggesting improvements to how services are delivered to the public, the union will strive to keep services within the City's direct responsibility.
Join us in our campaign for positively public services, the Winnipeg Way!
Click here to view or download a background document about our campaign. You can also view or download our campaign materials by clicking on the links on the ight.
Current Campaign Issues
Custodial Services Under Threat!
We are City of Winnipeg custodians. We clean libraries, aquatic and recreation facilities, and city office buildings. We not only keep public facilities clean, we are the eyes and ears that help maintain a safe environment. Read more
The City of Winnipeg has put out an expression of interest for the sale of seven of it's golf courses for commercial or residential development or take over their long-term lease.Read More
Past Campaign Issues
The City of Winnipeg is moving towards the creation of a City owned Municipal Corporate Utility as a new arm’s length business model to operate water and waste services. Read More
On August 18, 2009, the Local was advised that changes were planned for the cataloguing section of the Library service.
On November 10, 2009 the Local made a presentation to the Executive Policy Committee of Council in opposition of the proposed changes. In his presentation, CUPE Local 500 President pointed out that the City did not provide the type of notice or documentation contemplated by the Collective Agreement. Read More
Campaign Reports & Submissions
- City's Economic Opportunity Commission Report (EOC)
- Economic Opportunity Commission for whom?
- Local 500 response to EOC report
- Campaign Background 1
- Campaign Background 2
- Campaign General Pamphlet
- Campaign Poster
- Campaign Update Brochure
- Ideas for Improvement Document
Campaign Print Ads
- Leisure Guide Fall 2007
- Leisure Guide Fall 2008
- Leisure Guide Winter 2008
- Public Services Week 2009
- Building Trades Fall 2009
- Leisure Guide Fall 2009
- Baseball Park Fence board ad 2009
- Leisure Guide Winter 2009
- Leisure Guide Winter 2010
- Business Magazine 2010
- Golf Course Signage 2010
- Public Services Week 2010
- Leisure Guide Fall 2010
- Holiday Ad Community Paper 2010
- Police Association Magazine Ad 2011
- The Metro Paper Banner Ad Summer 2011
- Leisure Guide Winter 2011
- Holiday Ad 2011
- Legion Ad 2012
- Pride Magazine Ad 2012
- Communities Day Ad 2012
- Leisure Guide Ad Fall 2012
- Campaign Billboard#1
- Campaign Billboard #2
- Campaign Billboard#3
- Campaign Billboard #4
- Campaign Billboard #5
- Campaign Billboard #6
- Campaign Billboard #7
- Campaign Bus Ad #1
- Campaign Bus Ad #2
- Campaign Bus Ad #3
- Campaign Bus Shelter Ad #1
- Campaign Bus Shelter Ad #2
- Radio Ad Public Services
- Radio Ad Public Golf
- Radio Ad Holiday Season
- Radio Ad Spring Clean-up
- Radio Ad Public Safety
- Radio Ad You Know Us
- TV Ad "For Sale" - Fall 2012
- TV Ad Labour Day 2012
- Our Winnipeg Animation Video 2012
- TV Ad Library Worker 2012
- TV Ad Labourer - Streets Division 2012
- TV Ad 311 Customer Service Member 2012
- TV Ad Because We Care
- TV Ad Louis Riel Day Safety Ad
- TV Ad Remembrance Day
- TV Public Empoloyees Ad - You Know Us
- TV Labour Day Ad - 2010
- TV Ad Holiday Season
- TV Ad Easter Break Road Safety
What can I do?
Click here to find out what you can do to help keep our services public.