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Safeway updates and FAQs

March 15, 2018

Bargaining has been slow, but your union has been trying to reach a deal for all members working at Safeway.

The Bargaining Committee has been out in stores to answer any questions the members have and to make sure everyone is aware of the meetings taking place around the province on March 25th.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions

"One of the concerns that we have is that some of our members believe we are on strike Sunday Morning because the contract expires...

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Category: Sobey's

Clearing up any strike confusion

March 14, 2018

A strike will not start this Sunday, March 18, 2018!
If you are scheduled to work on Sunday, make sure you show up for your shift.

The collective agreement with Sobeys for all members at Safeway expires at midnight this Saturday, March 17, BUT before a strike can take place, you, the members will have the opportunity to vote on the company’s final offer.

For this purpose, we have meetings booked across the province where we will bring you up-to-date on what your options are. Members will get to vote on whether they accept the company’...

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Category: Sobey's

CNIB Contract Expires End of the Month

March 14, 2018

The existing collective bargaining agreement for Local 832 members working at CNIB expires on March 31, 2018. UFCW is preparing to start bargaining a new agreement and part of the preparation process is to obtain ideas from the members as to what improvements they would like to see in their new contract.

Debra Malmquist is leading the union negotiating committee and has scheduled a proposals meeting for the members for March 28. She will also provide updates as negotiations progress.

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Category: CNIB

Deadline is looming for Sobeys contract

March 13, 2018

The contract with Sobeys expires at midnight on Saturday, March 17, 2018, which leaves us only a few days left to get a deal.

“I would say that we have done a good job of narrowing the issues, which is the small piece of good news that I have for you in this update,” said President Jeff Traeger. "The bad news is that the issues that are left, are all critical, the company has not significantly backed down from the concessions that they have tabled that we presented to all of our members at the strike vote meetings a couple of weeks ago."


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Category: Sobey's

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


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