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CUPE Local 500/City of Winnipeg - Bargaining Update #29 Important Notice: Registration for Picket Duty

September 19, 2022 at 5:19 PM

As reported in our last update, we are continuing to prepare for the possibility of strike action. This update will address the registration process for picket duty. Please note that the City does not allow time off for employees to register for picket duty. You should try to register before or after your shift or during break periods. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 


Do members vote again to go on strike?


No. The strike vote already happened and gave a mandate to the Bargaining Committee of 93%. There is not a second vote to strike.


Why do I need to register? 


In order to receive strike pay, Local 500 members need to register for picket duty. If you are unable to picket, other types of work will be available. 


When do I register?


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

7:00 am - 8:00 pm




Thursday, September 22, 2022

7:00 am – 7:00 pm 


Where do I register?


Fort Garry Curling Club 

696 Archibald St. 


Upon arrival at the registration site, you will proceed to your Unit table where locations and shifts will be listed. Members will have the opportunity to choose their picket location and shift on a first come, first served basis.


What if I can’t picket? 


If you are unable to picket due to health problems or a disability, please complete the strike pay application form and be sure to check the "I am seeking an accommodation" section. Someone from the strike committee will be in contact with you to discuss alternate duty options.


Strike Pay


In order to receive strike pay, you must participate in picket duties. Picket duties are paid work that members engage in for the duration of a strike including picketing, administration tasks, serving on a strike committee, etc.


Please fill out your strike pay form here. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: This form is for strike pay and accommodation requests ONLY. You must register in person for picket duties.


NOTE: Please make sure to sign the bottom of the pay form using your mouse/finger or uploading your signature.


Picked Captains Wanted


There will be a Picket Captain table set-up where existing Picket Captains can choose their preferred picket shifts and locations. 


The strike committee is looking for more volunteers to serve as picket captain. Training will be provided. You can sign up here or contact the Local 500 office at or sign up at during picket duty registration. 


I have more questions about strike action – where can I find the answers? 


More information will be available at picket duty registration.  




As always, please feel free to reach out to the bargaining committee by emailing us at if you have any questions or concerns


Thank you for your continued support. 


In solidarity, 


Your Bargaining Committee


Gord Delbridge, President, CUPE Local 500

Carmen Prefontaine, President, Civic Services Unit

Phil Dembicki, President, Community Services Unit 

Nicholas McClurg, President, Public Works Unit/Local 500 SAO

Madelaine Dwyer, President, Water and Waste Unit

Rebecca Scott, Member at Large/Local 500 SAO

Jon Shalapata, Member at Large 

Alex McClurg, CUPE National Staff Representative 

Kevin Carswell, CUPE National Staff Representative 

Dale Edmunds, CUPE National Staff Representative 

Elizabeth Wheeler, CUPE National Staff Representative

Karen Byzuk, Local 500 Staff