Celebrating 75 years of the UFCW 832 story
Welcome to the special section of our site — celebrating the people and events that have guided our development over the past 75 years. On this page, we invite you to explore 832's past and contribute your thoughts or images. There are three activities for you:
- IMMEDIATELY BELOW, click the Anniversary Panels image to read the story of UFCW's 75 years — our challenges and accomplishments.
- BELOW THAT you'll find a timeline of key events that will be growing over time, as members past and present contribute their recollections of our history.
- AND TO THE RIGHT: Help Us Remember our History. Were you a part of a strike, lockout, merger or important event that should be put on our history timeline? Use the form to submit your story and upload an image. All submissions enter you to win great prizes.
- AND TO THE LEFT: We have POD casts of history. Click here for more info on the history of Local 832.
Enjoy exploring the history and achievements of UFCW 832.
Help us remember our history
- May 2, 1938
- Aug 1, 1958
- June 1, 1965
- Apr 2, 1973
- May 11, 1973
- May 15, 1978
- June 15, 1979
- Mar 1, 1982
- May 20, 1982
- Aug 1, 1984
May 2, 1938
Retail Clerks Union Formed
The founding members of this union worked at Piggly Wiggly which later became a Safeway store — at108 Marion Street in Winnipeg.
Aug 1, 1958
In 1958, Retail Clerks local 286 merges with UFCW Local 832.
June 1, 1965
In 1965, Retail Clerks Local 1575 in Flin Flon Manitoba merges with Local 832.
Apr 2, 1973
The Union Dental Trust is created in 1973.
May 11, 1973
Dominion Store Strike
The Retail Store Employees Union (Local 832) which represented employees at all the grocery chains was trying to get all the stores to agree to jointly-run, company-paid pension plans. Some agreed, but Dominion held out, arguing that its own plan was superior.
May 15, 1978
1978 saw massive labour disputes and strikes across Canada due to price and wage controls. Thousands across Canada went out on strike. The unrest was caused by rising inflation thus increasing the cost of living; workers around the country were told to exercise “self-restraint” on wages and benefits. In Winnipeg UFCW local 832 was front and centre of these disputes with nearly two thousand Safeway employees going out on strike in May 1978. Adding to these numbers were the bakery and diary workers (Lucerne). The strike lasted eight weeks and was one of the biggest and longest 832 has undertaken. Click the image to the right to watch two videos about this strike.
June 15, 1979
UFCW International Created
The UFCW was created through the merger of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union and Retail Clerks International Union following its founding convention in June 1979.
May 20, 1982
First UFCW Women's Conference held in Winnipeg on May 20 and 21, 1982.