The city’s largest union is ramping up a campaign against potential Winnipeg budget cuts.
This week, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500 added more radio ads, billboards and social-media posts to its online campaign for the city to eliminate all potential service cuts.
Early budget presentations suggested pools, libraries and arenas could close, while many other services could be cut to meet strict new budget targets for the 2020 to 2023 city budget. Those targets limit new department spending at between 0 per cent and 2 per cent.
The new CUPE ads lobby citizens to help prevent the cuts, with the campaign linked to an online petition at yourwinnipeg.ca
"Winnipeg city council is talking about massive cuts that will hit every corner of our community," a radio ad notes.
"Tell city council these services are yours to keep, not theirs to cut."
None of the cost-saving options has been suggested in an actual draft budget. Mayor Brian Bowman has repeatedly warned the cuts are only proposed, not final.
The city’s preliminary budget will be released on March 6.