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Maple Leaf Winnipeg Bargaining has Begun!

September 11, 2020

Bargaining started today between Maple Leaf Winnipeg and the UFCW Local 832 bargaining committee

Check out President Traeger's video update 

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Category: Maple Leaf Consumer Foods-Winnipeg

UFCW Invites Trustees to the Bargaining Table

September 9, 2020

This afternoon, the UFCW 832 Union Negotiator sent a letter to Eric Barnaby, Director of Human Resources and Chris Broughton, Chair of the Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees to invite them to the bargaining table.  

Read the original letter here

UFCW 832 has consistently communicated that we will engage in meaningful bargaining, and the Union would welcome the Trustees to come to the table to ensure that everyone has the same information.

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Category: Winnipeg School Division #1

Winnipeg School Division Bus Driver Strike Starts Today

September 8, 2020

At 7:00 am this morning, School Bus Drivers were at the picket line. They were ready to vote on a new offer, but since a new offer didn’t show up, they were instead picking up strike vests, arranging schedules and preparing to walk.

Bus drivers will officially start the picket line on Wednesday at 7 am. The Union has strike guidelines in place that will include social distancing and mask-wearing.

Anyone who wants to show up and show their support on the picket line is welcome, but we do ask that you contact the Union office first at 204-786-5055 and ask for Ron. COVID will...

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Category: Winnipeg School Division #1

Winnipeg School Division Bus Drivers move forward with Strike Action for September 8

September 2, 2020

In the absence of a new offer, the UFCW 832 Bus Drivers working in Winnipeg School Division met this afternoon to start prepping for a strike that will commence on September 8.

The Union met with the School Division in July to attempt to get a fair deal, when they received a final offer that contained the terms of the failed legislation, Bill 28.  The Bus Drivers strongly turned down that offer in the first week of August. UFCW 832 presented a new offer with a very fair monetary proposal on August 20. The employer turned down the Union's offer, and although there were two more days...

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Category: Winnipeg School Division #1

Forcing Maple Leaf workers into weekend overtime is the wrong thing to do right now

August 21, 2020

Due to animal welfare concerns, Maple Leaf will be forcing hundreds of workers to come in this Saturday, August 21, 2020, and work a shift of overtime.

“Forcing overtime, is the absolute wrong thing to do right now, it’s only making matters worse inside the plant,” stated Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832. “If the plant isn’t going to halt production, the least Maple Leaf can do is respect the fact that the extra stress and anxiety is taking its toll, and now Maple Leaf is forcing employees to come in for even more shifts."

As of this morning, Maple Leaf now has 70...

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COVID-19 Update - Monday, August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

Over the weekend positive cases of COVID-19 have jumped in the plant, and with today's new numbers, there are 23 positive cases of COVID-19 at Maple Leaf Brandon.

Earlier today Maple Leaf VP of Labour Relations, Dezi Singh reached out to President Traeger with the hope that we can work together in a more collaborative way, resolve issues in the plant and help make the community safer together.

 You can read the letter here.

While our current position does not change, we have...

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Category: Covid-19

Winnipeg 1 Bus Drivers Vote No to School Divisions Bill 28 offer and set strike deadline of September 8

August 10, 2020

Bargaining resumed for a single day in mid-July, when the Winnipeg School Division 1 bargaining committee was handed a final offer that contained the financial terms of bill 28. Bus Drivers met last week, at a socially-distanced in-person meeting, reviewed the details of the final offer and strongly turned it down.

“Offering the terms of Bill 28 is unacceptable,” stated Bea Bruske, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 832. “Bus Drivers have the important job of making sure our kids are looked after as they get to and from school, they deserve a fair deal.”

On March 3, the bus...

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Category: Winnipeg School Division #1

Maple Leaf Brandon COVID-19 Update - Friday, August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020

This afternoon, we were informed that there are two more positive cases of COVID-19 at Maple Leaf Brandon, bringing the total up to 10. These cases are closely linked to the existing cases from earlier this week.

“Our position does not change at this point,” stated President Jeff Traeger. “UFCW 832 still believes that the best thing to do is to shut down production, wait for any remaining test results to come in so the situation can be properly assessed and dealt with.”



Plant Inspections

The results of the Manitoba Public...

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Category: Covid-19

Four more positive cases at Maple Leaf Brandon

August 7, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update for UFCW Members

"Yesterday, the Union was informed about an additional four positive cases of COVID-19 among members at the plant, bringing the total up to eight," said Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW 832. "We are expecting that this number will continue to increase, and we are renewing our call on Maple Leaf to halt production in the Brandon plant until this situation is under control."


Letter to the Manitoba Government


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Category: Covid-19

Three more positive cases of COVID-19 at Maple Leaf Brandon

August 6, 2020

Late last night (Wednesday, August 5), the Union was made aware of three more positive-cases of COVID-19 among non-production unionized employees.

“UFCW 832 is now calling for Maple Leaf in Brandon to cease production until Monday, August 10, at the earliest. Until we have more results from the outstanding tests among our members at Maple Leaf,” stated Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832.

So far, Maple Leaf does not agree with the Union’s position and has informed the Union that they will be remaining open and continuing with production as usual.

UFCW 832...

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Category: Covid-19


September 19, 2020


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