Jeff Traeger

President

Jeff Traeger became the third full-time president in the 80-year history of UFCW Local 832. He was first elected in the fall of 2011 and is currently serving his third term. Besides leading the largest private sector union in Manitoba, Jeff also serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Manitoba Federation of Labour and represents the interests of working Manitobans as a member of the Labour Management Review Committee. Nationally, Jeff represents Manitoba on the UFCW National Defense Fund where he sits as an administration and audit committee member. He is a member of the UFCW Canada National Council and an Advisory Committee member for the UFCW International Union, headquartered in Washington D.C. Jeff Chairs most of the health and welfare trust funds that provide benefits to Local 832 members and he is a trustee on the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan, which has over 300,000 members. “Being the president for such a progressive organization, gives me the opportunity to work with and work for many good and talented people. It makes it possible for me to have a positive influence on people’s lives on a daily basis. That is truly an honour.”

Beatrice Bruske

Secretary-Treasurer

Bea Bruske became a full-time union representative with Local 832 in 1993 after working frequently as a relieving rep for the previous two years. Bea became a full-time negotiator for Local 832 in July, 2004, and on October 24, 2011 Bea was elected as Secretary-Treasurer for the Local.

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Bea first became intensively involved in union activities during the Westfair strike of 1987. Following the strike, Bea became a shop steward. She also served on the health and safety committee, and as a vice-president on the Local 832 Executive Board.

Other union activities included serving on the education committee, women’s committee, and the layoff and plant closure program. Bea is on the Executive Council of the Manitoba Federation of Labour where she helps formulate the policy and direction of Mantioba’s premier labour organization. She also ensures that UFCW issues are properly and appropriately addressed and articulated before the MFL. Bea is also an Employee Representative on the Manitoba Labour Board.

Bea holds an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba where she majored in Labour Studies.

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Marie Buchan

Executive Advisor to the President & Negotiator

As a member of Local 832, Marie spent over five years working at St. Boniface General Hospital. A strong union supporter, Marie served as a shop steward at the hospital and was also active during a strike against the hospital in the fall of 2003. In addition to working at St. Boniface Hospital, Marie spent three years as a cashier and customer service clerk at Safeway store 712, McPhillips and Leila in Winnipeg.

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In December 2002, Marie came on staff as a relief representative - becoming a permanent, full-time union representative in March, 2003. In the same month, in addition to her appointment as a Local 832 full-time union rep, Marie was elected to the Executive Board of the UFCW Canadian Council. Both before and after being hired as a full-time union representative, Marie has been active on Local 832 Youth Committee, as well as the Manitoba representative for the UFCW Canada Youth Committee. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Marie attended the University of Winnipeg and South Winnipeg Technical Institute.

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