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April 26, 2017

City of Winnipeg Council to vote on ratification of negotiated agreement with UFFW

Memorandum of Agreement to cover four years

Released: 8:38 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Executive Policy Committee (EPC) and Council will be voting on the ratification of a negotiated agreement between the City of Winnipeg and the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg Local 867 (UFFW).

“I want to thank the negotiating committees for working together and reaching an agreement,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I am pleased that what is coming forward for approval to Executive Policy Committee and Council is a negotiated settlement that not only reflects the essential services the men and women of the UFFW perform for all of us, but is also significantly more in-line with projected cost of living increases over the term of the agreement.”
The Memorandum of Agreement between the City and the UFFW Local 867 is for a four year term from December 2016 until December 2020, and includes wage adjustments of 1.8% at the end of 2017, with an additional 2% in each of the years 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Additional changes include:

  • Integration of Manitoba Public Insurance Personal Injury Protection Plan (PIPP) Benefits with Sick Leave Benefits such that employees cannot receive full sick pay benefits while also receiving PIPP benefits. 
  • Amendments to the language related to Fire Fighter - PCP’s such that Fire Fighters hired as, or designated after hire as, a Fire Fighter-PCP after ratification of the Collective Agreement must commit to maintain their PCP status for a minimum of nine years.
  • Amending the qualifications of Fire Investigators to enhance the expertise of the Branch and require Fire Investigators to commit to working as such for a minimum of three years.
  • At the discretion of the WFPS, the ability for new recruits to cash out vacation/lieu tour/holiday time. While this will increase the salary costs to the Department, it will also assist in reducing overtime costs by utilizing new recruits to fill staffing gaps rather than potentially paying overtime at the Senior Fire Fighter rate of pay. The total costs and/or savings have not yet been determined and can be assessed during the term of the Agreement.
  • The payment of professional self-regulation fees should paramedic self-regulation be introduced in Manitoba. Other jurisdictions that have similar fees have been canvassed and the estimated cost is based on the fees in those other jurisdictions. 
  • Mandatory reassignment of fire suppression employees at age 65, as there is data that supports that the demands of the work associated with fire suppression significantly increases the risk to the health of a Fire Fighter after age 65. 
  • The parties were unable to reach agreement on a revised rate of pay for the WFPS Emergency Mechanical Services Branch Mechanic and Supervisor positions. This matter will be referred to arbitration. The parties have agreed to utilize a single arbitrator for one day to minimize the associated costs.

The next steps in the ratification process include the Memorandum of Agreement  being considered at a special meeting of Executive Policy Committee scheduled for today, and then by Council later in the morning.

The Administrative Report recommending adoption of the negotiated agreement can be found on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System.

Waverley Underpass construction remains on track

City awards major construction contract for remainder of Waverley Underpass work

Released: 9:23 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Construction of the Waverley Underpass took an important step forward with the award of a major construction contract to Maple Leaf Construction Inc. on April 20, 2017. Maple Leaf Construction Inc. was the successful bidder for a comprehensive contract encompassing construction of the temporary traffic detour roadway, the underpass bridge structure, significant road improvements in the area, and land drainage work including a pump station.

"Winnipeg is a growing, thriving city," said Mayor Brian Bowman. "Building a more modern and efficient public transportation system is essential to support our city's growth and I am pleased this important project continues to move forward. Waverley is an important route for Winnipeggers, and when completed this underpass will help ease congestion, improve traffic flow, and enhance safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians."

Preliminary underground drainage and watermain relocation works have been underway in the area since January 2017 under a separate contract awarded to Borland Construction Inc. With the award of this major contract to Maple Leaf Construction Inc., work on the Waverley Underpass is set to continue for the next three years. Construction of railway and roadway detours will occur over the 2017 summer construction season, allowing train traffic and four lanes of vehicular traffic to be maintained while construction of the underpass occurs in 2018 and 2019.

Traffic is expected to transition under the new underpass in the fall of 2019. When completed, the Waverley Underpass will eliminate a significant point of congestion and delay at what is one the busiest at-grade rail crossings in Canada. Investments made in the vicinity of the underpass, such as the twinning of Taylor Avenue and addition of turning lanes at Wilkes Avenue, Taylor Avenue and Grant Avenue will together result in improved traffic flow in the area.

"I am also grateful to our federal and provincial partners for their commitment to funding this key infrastructure project," said Mayor Bowman. "In order to build Winnipeg for the future for a population of one million people strong, we need strong partners in other levels of government and this project helps demonstrate what strong partnerships can do for our city."

The project has a total budget of $155.082 million, with funding being provided by all three levels of government. CN is also contributing $9.5 million to the project. With the contract awarded to Maple Leaf Construction Inc. in the amount of $44.7 million, the project remains on schedule and within budget. Maple Leaf Construction Inc. submitted the lowest total bid price of all qualified and responsive bidders.

As with any major construction project, traffic flow may be impacted during the work.  The public is reminded to proceed with caution in construction zones. Additional details about the project, including regular project updates and timelines, can be found at

Temporary closure of Ravenhurst Street between Pandora Avenue and Dugald Road for railway crossing project

Released: 1:04 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Ravenhurst Street between Pandora Avenue and Dugald Road will be completely closed to northbound and southbound traffic at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 for a CN railway crossing reconstruction project. Ravenhurst Street will reopen at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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April 26, 2017