Mayoral candidate Don Woodstock said Winnipeg city hall needs to crack down on abusive managers and unions.
Woodstock said Friday that if he’s elected mayor, he’ll revamp the human- resources program, ending what he called a pattern of unchecked abuse by managers toward workers across all civic departments.
"It’s a corrupt system," he said of city hall’s workplace, adding, in most instances, the civic unions are complicit with management.
Woodstock proposes forcing unions to be more proactive by creating a new position — respectful workplace commissioner — whose salary would be cost-shared 50-50 by the unions and management, and the individual chosen with the union’s consent.
The candidate accused the various civic unions of working with management to undermine worker rights, explaining the position of respectful workplace co-ordinator doesn’t properly deal with worker concerns because the individual is a City of Winnipeg employee beholden to management.
Woodstock said he believes civic workers are constantly being pressured into inappropriate intimate relationships with their superiors, nepotism is rampant and there are no policies to prevent this abuse.
"Nine times out of 10, the unions are in bed with management. Tell them I said so."
Woodstock, who owns and operates a small business selling home and commercial security systems, was a Winnipeg Transit driver for nine years. He said he was bullied on the job frequently, and believes city workers in all departments are currently being abused.
Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.
Updated on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM CDT: Final