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Submit your Maple Leaf Brandon Bargaining Proposals online

May 6, 2019

You've likely seen the blue boxes in your workplaces where you can submit your bargaining proposals, but if you haven't had a chance to fill it out there, you can also submit your proposals here on our website.

You can enter your proposal by clicking the link below and writing in your proposal.

Click here to submit your proposals

We are accepting proposals until May 31.

If you have any...

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Category: Maple Leaf Fresh Foods-Brandon

Stellas Osborne Negotiations Hit a Snag

May 3, 2019

Negotiations for your first contract with Stella’s Café and Bakery have been underway since March 12th of this year. To date, we have had six days at the table and resolved a number of Articles in your new contract.

Mark Baragar, Rob Del Grosso and Meghan Thiessen are representing the employer and your committee consists of Liv Oster, Brianna Wiebe, Nicole Martin (alternate) and myself.

We have made steady progress over the two months at the table, recognizing that the issues we are dealing with in the early stages of bargaining are more minor in nature. As we moved the talks...

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Negotiations Launch at NPF CFB Shilo

May 3, 2019

The negotiating committees for UFCW Local 832 and NPF CFB Shilo met on April 15 through 18 to begin negotiations towards a new collective agreement for the union members working at NPF Shilo.

After the three days of talks, the parties reached deals on the majority of the non-monetary items and had good discussions on several of the outstanding proposals. However, the negotiating committees did not touch on any of the monetary items as they are waiting for a monetary mandate from the Treasury Board in Ottawa.

Union negotiator Sonia Taylor stated, “There are more bargaining...

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Category: N.P.F. Shilo

Forums a success, now on to bargaining

May 1, 2019

BRANDON – Last Saturday, April 27th, 2019, UFCW 832 staff were once again joined by over 60 members. Shop Stewards and Health & Safety Committee members from Maple Leaf came together at the UFCW Training Centre in Brandon for round two of our Red Meat Forum.  

This was a repeat event from our first Red Meat Forum, with one new announcement, the Bargaining Committee has been finalized for the upcoming negotiations with Maple Leaf:

Dean Rodwell - Maintenance
Kim Knox-Powers - Picnic Line
Sam Matiosky - Powerhouse...

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Category: Maple Leaf Fresh Foods-Brandon

Threatening and Abusive Behaviour in the Retail Sector

April 23, 2019


Shoplifting has been an ongoing concern that UFCW has been raising with employers and members over the past several years, but in a recent event, a suspected shoplifter pulled a gun and threatened employees, management and customers at a Superstore. Thankfully nobody was physically hurt during this incident, but we are calling on retail employers to work harder and ensure incidents like this don't happen again.

The following letter has been sent to Loblaw, Red River Co-op, and Sobeys senior management:



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New Contract for Members in St. Malo

April 23, 2019

UFCW Local 832 members working at EPIC de St Malo Inc./SMILE of St Malo Inc. (Day Program) ratified a new three-year collective agreement by 93 per cent.

Union negotiator Phil Kraychuk stated, “This is a good contract. We were able to do a lot of language clean-up and streamlining.” 

During the life of the agreement, members will see their wages increase by five per cent. Other monetary increases include hikes to dental benefits, premiums, employer contributions to employees’ RRSP, sick time, allowance for...

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

New Deal at General Mills

April 9, 2019

UFCW Local 832 members working at General Mills in Winnipeg ratified a new collective agreement on April 7, 2019.

The members saw improvements to vacation language, job postings and one hundred percent coverage from an expanded list for approved safety footwear. Members will see their wages rise to $1.70 per hour over the next four years. Wage increases were retroactive to November 1, 2018. Also new language was negotiated for an improved process should it change back to ten or tweleve hour shifts.”


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Category: General Mills

First Red Meat Forum a success

April 8, 2019

This past Saturday, April 6th, 2019, UFCW 832 staff were joined by over 60 members, Shop Stewards and Health & Safety Committee members for the first ever Red Meat Forum. This forum was held for members working at Maple leaf in Brandon, with a focus on what is currently happening in the hog industry, where Maple Leaf stands in the marketplace, and a discussion based around what could be done at the Maple Leaf Plant to make life better for members.

After lunch, we were fortunate to have an informative presentation on the benefits plans from the PBAS Group. Members were given the...

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Category: Maple Leaf Fresh Foods-Brandon

Heartland Livestock Negotiations Ahead

April 1, 2019

Negotiations for a new collective agreement for the members working at Heartland Livestock are set to begin on June 12, and will continue on June 13 and 14.

Union negotiator Sonia Taylor will spearhead these negotiations and she will provide updates as bargaining progresses.

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Negotiations dates set for members at Ukrainian Farmers Co-op Ltd.

March 26, 2019

I am pleased to advise you that negotiations with the Co-operative for a new Collective Agreement will be held July 8 to July 10, 2019.  During these meetings, your Negotiating Committee, consisting of Amanda Brown, Tiffany Decock and myself will work towards negotiating improvements to your existing Collective Agreement based on the feedback you provided at the proposal meeting.

After this set of negotiations, you will be updated as to the status of bargaining.  Should you have any questions, please contact Sonia at 1-888-832-8329 or by email at...

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Category: Ukrainian Co-operatives Ltd.


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