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April 24, 2015

City's elected officials and employees to observe 2015 National Day of Mourning

Ceremonies to be held on Tuesday, April 28 at various City worksites

Released: 10:23 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - City of Winnipeg elected officials and employees will join thousands of other Canadians in observing Canada's National Day of Mourning which is held each year on April 28. The National Day of Mourning is held to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace as well as workers who have become ill as a result of their work.

“Along with all my Council colleagues, I encourage all Winnipeggers to join me in observing the National Day of Mourning,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It is important to honour all those who have suffered as a result of their occupations in service to fellow citizens. The City works hard to prevent risks to our employees so that their families do not lose them to work-related accidents or illnesses.”

To help mark the National Day of Mourning, the City will hold a ceremony on Tuesday, April 28. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Details for the ceremony are as follows:

Date: Tuesday April 28, 2015
Location: City Hall Courtyard, 510 Main Street
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

In case of inclement weather, ceremony will be moved to the Council Building.

In addition to the ceremony at City Hall, three other National Day of Mourning ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, April 28, at various City worksites. City employees are encouraged to attend.

The City has developed a number of programs to help reduce workplace injury, including: measurement and reporting of safety performance information, an online workplace inspection system to proactively address safety issues; a Safety Code of Practice to reinforce the City’s commitment to a safe workplace.

National Day of Mourning was proclaimed by Canada’s Parliament in 1991, and is recognized in more than 80 countries across the globe. For more information regarding the National Day of Mourning, please visit: http://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/.

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Transit Union to refuse overtime, Transit service delays possible

Released: 1:52 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - On Friday, April 17, 2015, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 1505, representing Winnipeg Transit drivers and maintenance workers, voted to reject an Offer of Settlement between the City of Winnipeg and ATU's negotiating committee.

ATU is in a legal strike position and has advised that they will start refusing overtime beginning Monday, April 27. This could result in operational and service disruptions for Winnipeg Transit, and its customers. Disruptions may include late and/or cancelled bus service on any number of routes throughout the day. Customers should be prepared for possible Transit delays.

Customers can check for the latest route and schedule information at winnipegtransit.com or by contacting 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

Negotiations between ATU and the City are scheduled to resume on Monday, April 27 and the City is optimistic that a settlement can be reached.

Handi-Transit customers are not affected as service is provided by private contractors.

Winnipeg Transit carries over 130,000 riders each weekday and employs approximately 1,100 bus operators and about 250 maintenance staff.

The last time Winnipeg Transit workers went on strike was in 1976.

Lane closure on Osborne Street at River Avenue

Released: 2:25 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Two lanes of traffic will be closed on Osborne Street at River Avenue beginning on Sunday, April 26 to accommodate manhole repairs by MTS. These lanes are scheduled to reopen on Friday, May 8.

During the closure, traffic on Osborne Street at River Avenue will flow through two lanes, one in each direction, on the east portion of Osborne Street. The pedestrian crosswalk on the south side of River Avenue will be closed to pedestrian traffic during this closure. Left turns from Osborne Street onto River Avenue will be prohibited at all times during the closure.

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

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at

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Last update: April 24, 2015