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Update on Covid-19 and our WASMB

We are all in this together.  And we are proud of all of our members doing their work now under this challenging time with the pandemic. You are all working hard to assist, with your expertise and skills to your fullest capacity.

For many of us, the best thing we can do is stay home and if able to, work from home to keep our families and community safe and healthy. This is an important contribution that should not be underestimated, as not everyone is able to working from home, either due to employment requirements or other obstacles. Wherever you are, we hope you are staying safe.

For all work-related challenges, the WASMB executive is here to help, please contact us if you have any question, comments or concerns: (https://pipsc.ca/regions/prairie/branches/winnipeg-southern-manitoba-mb/executive)

This is a challenging time and it is always okay to not be okay. We encourage you to reach out to your community, your union colleagues and your employee assistance program for support. 

Management and human resources are in regular communication with your union representatives, so your department or agency’s Steward is another good resource.

As all in-person PIPSC meetings and events are postponed until further notice, our WASMB Annual General Meeting will be postponed or potentially will take place in a different form. We strongly believe that limiting the travel of our members from across Winnipeg and Manitoba is the right thing to do at this time, in accordance with direction from PIPSC Board of Directors. We will keep you informed on our AGM as more information becomes available.

We are proud of you, we are here for you and we are all in this together!!

As we are not able to get together at this time, the Executive is offering a ‘scavenger’ hunt for those that wish to participate.  Correct entries will be entered into a draw for 1 of 20 gift cards to a local restaurant or local retailer of your choice/your community.  We greatly appreciate the struggles locally due to the pandemic and wish to support our community businesses!

We have developed 3 different search challenges for your winter consideration:

1)    Identify which Winnipeg or Southern Manitoba community are the iconic landmarks from;

2)    A quiz based upon the PIPSC website; and

3)    A quiz based upon content within the history of PIPSC, Leading Progress, The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada 1920-2020, by Jason Russell.


Each submission page contains three quizzes and three chances to win. Your name will be entered into the draw for each quiz section you complete. Only one submission page per member will be accepted. 


Email addresses will only be used for contacting winners.  Prizes will be $25 gift cards to local retailers/businesses.  


Please send all entries to pkubicz@pipsc.ca by April 1, 2021.

Part 1: Winnipeg & Southern Manitoba landmarks:







Part 2: PIPSC Website:





 Part 3: PIPSC Leading Progress:








Member Name:




Part 1: Guess the location of the Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba landmark

Option A. Option B
Option C. Option D.
Option E. Option F.


Part 2: Answers from the PIPSC website 


  1. In what year did the PIPSC Legacy Scholarship fund begin? 
  1. 1999 
  2. 1993
  3. 1990
  4. 1996 


  1. In what year did PIPSC begin providing essential services to Canadians? 
  1. 1940 
  2. 1930 
  3. 1920 
  4. 1910 


  1. Who can offer guidance regarding employer-provided pension and benefits plans? 
  1. PIPSC union steward 
  2. Your manager/supervisor 
  3. PIPSC Employment Relations Officer 
  4. PIPSC Pension and Benefits Team 


  1. How many professionals and scientists does PIPSC represent? 
  1. Over 120,000
  2. Over 75,000
  3. Over 60,000
  4. Over 90,000 


Part 3: Leading Progress, The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada  1920‐2020 


  1. The Winnipeg General Strike pitted the Winnipeg Building Trades Council and Metal Trades Council against the Citizens’ Committee of One Thousand.  How many workers were involved in the strike?
    1. 18,000
    2. 30,000
    3. 40,000
    4. 53,000


  1. Deer Lodge, veteran’s hospital was transferred from federal to provincial jurisdiction in:
  1. January 1981
  2. March 1982
  3. April 1983
  4. May 1984
  1. In the union context, what does ‘raiding’ mean
  1. Seeking a meeting with other unions
  2. Entering an AGM of another union uninvited
  3. Hiring an executive officer away from another union
  4. Actively trying to recruit members from other unions


  1. What has PIPSC adopted as the meaning for “Rand” member
  1. People in job classifications that are represented by PIPSC, are paying dues but are not union members.
  2. People in job classifications that are represented by PIPSC, are paying dues and are automatically union members.
  3. People in job classification that are represented by PIPSC, and choose not to pay dues.
  1. Jean Chretien noted in his memoir that his government cut _____________ public sector jobs, which included the military, and argued that senior public servants concurred with the decision.
  1. 40,000
  2. 50,000
  3. 60,000
  4. 70,000


  1. Regarding governance of the Institute, how frequently does the governing body meet for a constitutional convention?
    1. Semi‐annually
    2. Annually
    3. Biannually
    4. Every 3 years