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Coke Winnipeg Members Serve Up a Strike Mandate

March 13, 2018

The union members working at the Coke Winnipeg plant voted 91 per cent in favour of a strike mandate and turned down the company’s latest offer.

Union negotiator Martin Trudel said, “This weighty mandate will be a great help when we resume negotiations with the company for the final bargaining session. It gives the company a clear message that the group is united.”

The union has scheduled meetings for May 4 and 6 so that members get the opportunity to either accept or reject the company’s last offer or declare to go on strike. Members can watch for further updates on the...

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Category: Coca-Cola Bottling

Members at Instabox Ratify New 4-Year Deal

March 12, 2018

UFCW Local 832 members working at Instabox voted in favour of a new 4-year collective agreement.  The new contract covers about 20 members and will expire on December 31, 2021.

“It was a little endeavouring but the committee and the members stayed strong and we succeeded in getting an effective agreement,” stated union negotiator Sonia Taylor.

Highlights of the new deal include:

  • Wage increases totaling 6.3%, with first increment retro active to January 1, 2017;
  • Increase reimbursement to safety footwear and head band earmuffs;
  • Hike to evening...

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Category: Instabox

Getting close to crunch-time with Sobeys

March 10, 2018

"I would say cautiously there has been some progress, it hasn't been on any of the major issues or the major items. We have reached an agreement or moved off of a variety of proposals on both sides. We've narrowed the proposals down to what is a manageable number, but the problem is that they are all the big concessions that the employer originally tabled back on January 15th," said Jeff Traeger. 

The company has reiterated that stores will be closing in MB no matter what the result of collective bargaining is, and despite your bargaining committee asking, we have not been told ...

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Category: Sobey's

Congratulations on 25 years

March 8, 2018

Not only is today International Women's Day, but today also marks the 25th anniversary of our Secretary-Treasurer Bea Bruske.

Bea first became intensively involved in union activities during the Westfair strike of 1987. Following the strike, Bea became shop steward, served on the health and safety committee, and was elected as a vice-president to the Local's executive board.

In 1993, Bea joined the union's staff as a full-time union representative and has...

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UFCW Local 832 celebrates the historical achievements of women

March 6, 2018

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8.

This day arose from the struggles that women faced at the turn of the century, when population growth and a change in working conditions saw many women in the workforce, facing long hours, minimum pay and no right to vote. 

On March 8, let’s celebrate the progress we’ve made, while understanding that we still have a long way to go.

UFCW Canada has launched the #NoMore campaign to help end gender-based violence. The goal of the #...

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Workers at Safeway give strong strike mandate

March 4, 2018

March 4, 2018 - At 8:00 p.m. Strike Mandate Meetings finished across the province for members working at Safeway. Members all across Manitoba came out in overwhelming numbers to vote yes for a strike mandate.

"This strike mandate result sends a strong message to Sobeys that the membership won't be bullied," stated President Jeff Traeger. "Sobeys purchased a good company and mismanaged it into the ground, ignoring their long-time employee's experience and advice. Now they want those employees to pay for their mistakes."

In Neepawa, Dauphin, Brandon, Thompson, and Winnipeg,...

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Category: Sobey's

Strike Mandate update for Safeway

March 2, 2018

So far...

Secretary-Treasurer, Bea Bruske has hosted Strike Mandate Meetings in Brandon, Dauphin, and Thompson. There's been a strong turnout and members have been asking many good questions about how we got to this point and where we go from here.

This Sunday we host the last set of meetings in Winnipeg and Neepawa.  Make sure you give yourself lots of time, as there is supposed to be snow this weekend, so bundle up, stay warm and drive safe!

The Neepawa meeting is this Sunday, March 4, 2018

Salvation Army Building...

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Category: Sobey's

Open letter to all members working at Loblaw in Manitoba

March 2, 2018

RE: Selection of the Bargaining Committee for the 2018 UFCW Local 832 & Loblaw Negotiations

Dear Member,

Negotiations for the renewal of your contract with all Loblaw banners in Manitoba including Superstore, Extra Foods, and No Frills will take place this year. Your contract expires on September 27, 2018, and, as we have done in the past, we intend to complete bargaining by no later than that date.

We expect that this round of talks will be more difficult than usual because it will be the first time we will be renewing the terms and conditions of...

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Category: Loblaws

EPIC de St. Malo—Residential Services Negotiations Scheduled for March 14

March 1, 2018

Bargaining talks scheduled for March 14. During this session, proposals regarding contract language, benefits and all forms of financial compensation will be presented to the employer in order to make improvements to the collective agreement for the members at EPIC Residential Services.

Following these talks, union negotiator Martin Trudel will provide the members with an update on the state of these negotiations. The other union committee members include Carol Linford and Bernadette Philippot.

EPIC de St Malo Inc./SMILE of St Malo Inc (Residential Services) is a non-profit...

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Category: EPIC de St Malo/SMILE of St Malo Inc.

McCain Foods offers half-baked proposal

February 28, 2018

On Friday, February 23, with an overwhelming turnout, workers at McCain Foods near Carberry, voted unanimously in favour of a strike mandate and a strike deadline has been set for April 19th. This strong strike mandate sends a message to the company that they need to bring a more appealing offer to the table.

The wedge-issue is the pension plan. The plan currently sits below the solvency rate, and the company wants to offset their legal obligation to cover this deficit by freezing wages, reducing benefits, reducing sick-pay, and removing stat-days.

“Bringing the pension back...

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Category: McCain Foods


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