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Sobeys talks break down, union to push for a strike mandate

February 7, 2018

It is with great frustration that we have to announce we've broken off talks with the company. We sat down this morning hoping to get answers and to push towards a fair contract, but the company stated loud and clear, they are only interested in gutting your collective agreement.
They then resorted to the same bullying and intimidation tactics used in B.C., stating that they will be closing stores in Manitoba, but how many will depend on how much we agree to their terms.
This is bargaining with a gun to your head, and bullying tactics aren't acceptable by any...

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Category: Sobey's

Safeway Negotiations Update - February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

At 10 am this morning (Tuesday, February 6, 2018), we resumed negotiations with Safeway after a three-week delay.

The company is still seeking major concessions. We spent most of the morning going into detail, and we raised many questions about the need for these concessions.

We broke for the day at noon, and we will be reconvening tomorrow morning at 10 am when we hope the company returns with some answers to our questions.

We will provide another update later this week.



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Category: Sobey's

Bargaining Delayed at Lorette Marketplace

January 31, 2018

Due to a scheduling conflict, negotiations previously scheduled for Lorette Marketplace for the beginning of February will now be held on February 27, 28 & March 1, 2018.

Union negotiator Sonia Taylor will keep the members at the Lorette Marketplace updated as their negotiations progress.

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Category: Lorette Marketplace

Fairmont Negotiations Continue in March

January 31, 2018

The union bargaining committee—Lynn Bandlow, Lisa Barto, Jeff Lesany, Efren Pagaduan, union representative Sandy Forcier and head negotiator Blake Crothers—met with the Fairmont committee on January 30 to exchange proposals. The parties have scheduled March 5 to continue negotiations.

Following that date, negotiator Crothers will provide an update as to the status of these negotiations.

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Category: The Fairmont Winnipeg

Update on Safeway Negotiations

January 29, 2018


Your bargaining committee was notified yesterday, Sunday, January 28, that the lead negotiator for Safeway had suffered a death in the family and would be unable to bargain with us for the four days we had scheduled for this week.

Your bargaining committee and I understand that this unfortunate tragedy makes cancelling bargaining unavoidable and we send our condolences to the negotiator and his family during this difficult time.

We are growing concerned with the lack of progress made so far, and we will keep you informed of any developments at the bargaining table in...

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Category: Sobey's

Sysco Warehouse Negotiations Progressing

January 25, 2018

The union bargaining committee—Sandy Barylski, Robert Schmidtke, Mickey Porayko and head negotiator Blake Crothers—met the Sysco committee on January 22 to 24. This round of talks was very information and a lot of discussions took place regarding the union proposals brought forwarded.

Union negotiator Blake Crothers said, “We still have a lot of work to do on reaching a tentative agreement, but I am confident that we will do so prior to the March 29, 2018, expiry date of the current collective agreement.”

Crothers will provide the members at the Sysco Warehouse with further...

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Category: SYSCO Food Services

UFCW International Convention

January 25, 2018

UFCW Local 832 members voted for 16 delegates to join President Jeff Traeger and Secretary-Treasurer Beatrice Bruske, at the 2018 UFCW International Convention. There were 23 eligible people nominated and congratulations to the following 16 delegates:

  • Marie Buchan
  • Brenda Brown
  • Sandy Forcier
  • Ron Allard
  • Blake Crothers
  • Wendy Lundy
  • Kim Ferris
  • Phil Kraychuk
  • Mike Howden
  • JP Petit
  • Martin Trudel
  • Deborah Jones
  • Kathy Brnjas
  • Carino Bosica
  • Jason Appasamy
  • ...

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Sobeys Resorts to Shameless Bullying

January 24, 2018


Announces BC Store Closures Right Before Bargaining

Last week, Sobeys tabled a set of proposals that would ensure Safeway employees in Manitoba would lose much of what they currently have so the company can make more profits and yesterday it picked another fight in Western Canada.

In British Columbia, where bargaining is just set to start with UFCW Local 1518, Sobeys announced that it would be closing ten stores, showing just how little they care about their employees.

The company stated that if they got their way in negotiations, they would...

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Category: Sobey's

Agreement in principle reached with Agropur

January 19, 2018

This morning at 11 am, an agreement in principle has been reached with Agropur.

We will be delaying the vote on the company's final offer that was to take place this weekend and we will update everyone as soon as we can.

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Category: Agropur

Strike Vote Scheduled for McCain Foods

January 19, 2018

The union bargaining committee comprised of Eileen Ball, John Anderson, Daniel Udey and lead negotiator Martin Trudel met with McCain Foods on several dates in October, November and January.

During the first set of talks, the parties were able to address all the non-monetary matters but, unfortunately, encountered some significant challenges when monetary discussions began. The last round of bargaining took place January 10, 11, 17 and 18.

McCain introduced major concessions regarding wage increases, benefits and pension that the union is not prepared to entertain due to the...

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