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August 6, 2019


City and ATU remain at impasse on negotiations

Released: 9:35 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg and Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1505 (ATU) remain at impasse on negotiations following two days of mediation.

“The City entered mediation in good faith despite being at an impasse with the union,” said Michael Jack, Chief Corporate Services Officer. “Unfortunately, after two days of mediation and despite the fact that the City put forward an offer to settle, the parties are no closer to reaching a tentative agreement. We feel that a strike will be initiated by the ATU during the fall schedule when it will be most disruptive to passengers and residents.”

The latest proposal to the ATU from the City was provided on August 2, 2019, and included the adjustments the City made to the benefit of ATU from the previous offer.

While progress was made on several working condition items brought forward by the union in mediation, the parties remain far apart over general wage increases and the union’s demand to increase mechanics’ salary by $10 per hour. The latest proposal from the City includes a general wage increase of 2 percent each year in January 2020, 2021, 2022, and a 2 percent increase on March 31, 2023. The proposed term of the collective agreement is four years and two months.

The ATU has previously proposed a 2.75 percent general wage increase each year over four years. This level of increase would eclipse every single annual wage increase negotiated with every single City of Winnipeg union over the last three years, including the Canadian Union of Public Employees, United Firefighters of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Police Association, and the Manitoba Government Employees Union. Of note, the first general wage increase occurred after 12 months into each of their collective agreements.

The City requested that ATU take our final offer to its members for a vote; however, ATU has not officially responded to this request.

The ATU remains in a legal strike position, and the previous collective agreement is officially terminated. The City will consider all options available to an Employer under the Labour Relations Act to conclude this matter.

The previous collective agreement with ATU expired January 12, 2019. Over the last seven months of negotiating, the City has provided the ATU with a total of four offers to settle.

New Waverley Underpass to improve safety and travel times for motorists

Underpass expected to open to traffic on August 19, 2019

Released: 11:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Modern and efficient community infrastructure like roads and bridges contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, supporting local businesses, and ensuring Canadians spend less time on the road and more time with their families.

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification from the Government of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to announce the opening of the Waverley Street Underpass to traffic, expected to occur on Monday, August 19, 2019.

On August 19, traffic on Waverley Street is expected to begin operating through the newly constructed underpass for the first time. Once this major project milestone is achieved, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will no longer experience train delays at the railway crossing.  Following the underpass opening, major roadworks will still be required to remove the detour road and reconstruct a portion of the Taylor Avenue intersection.

The extensive, multi-faceted project includes the replacement of the existing at-grade railway crossing at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue with an underpass. The project also includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Waverley Street as well as the widening of Taylor Avenue between Waverley Street and Lindsay Street to four lanes. Construction is expected to conclude this fall, with art installation and landscaping to be completed in spring 2020. Motorists may experience traffic delays while construction is ongoing.

Once fully constructed later this fall, the project will improve traffic safety, mobility and capacity, as well as enhance pedestrian and cycling opportunities.

Quotes

“These vital improvements to Waverley Street will greatly reduce congestion in Winnipeg. Keeping people and goods moving smoothly is essential to helping our businesses compete and improving Canadians’ quality of life. Thanks to this underpass people can spend more time at their destination and less time getting there.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification from the Government of Canada on behalf of the Honourable Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“After years and years of talk, I’m happy we were able to finally get the Waverley Underpass built,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This incredible project came in ahead of schedule and under budget and will greatly improve the flow of traffic and move people more efficiently in an area of our city that has experienced tremendous growth.”

Brian Bowman, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg

Quick facts

  • The governments of Canada and Manitoba are contributing up to $29 million each to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects.
  • The City of Winnipeg will cover the balance of the costs for this $98 million project. CN is also contributing $9.5 million to the City’s share of the project.
  • Approximately 30,000 vehicles will travel through the newly constructed underpass on a daily basis.
  • Prior to the new underpass, motorists would have to wait for between 35 and 40 trains that passed through this rail crossing every day.
  • This project involved the excavation of over 100,000 cubic metres of earth, and the construction of over 12 lane-kilometres of new or rehabilitated pavements.

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Waverley Underpass Project

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Beverley Street & Spence Street fires

Released: 12:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - At 8:37 p.m. on August 5, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a vacant bungalow in the 600 block of Beverley Street. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered heavy smoke coming from the structure and launched an offensive attack. At 8:55 p.m. the fire was declared under control.

Crews completed a search of the structure and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported.

At 3 a.m. on August 6, 2019, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a two and a half storey home in the 200 block of Spence Street. Upon arrival on scene, crews launched an offensive attack and very quickly brought the fire under control.

Occupants of the home had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. One individual was assessed by paramedics on scene but did not require transport to hospital. No other injuries were reported. Firefighters located one cat in the residence, turning it over to its owner.

The cause of both fires is under investigation, and no damage estimates are available at this time.

August 6, 2019