UFCW 832 Welcomes New Members

May 25, 2018

Workers at the Viterra plant in Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, are the newest members of UFCW Local 832 after a successful organizing drive. The members had recently approached the union voicing their desire to unionize to try and establish a more respectful and fair workplace.

Viterra falls under federal jurisdiction and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board as opposed to the Manitoba Labour Relations Board; and therefore, after getting enough signatures from employees wanting union representation, the unit was automatically certified.

“Congratulations to the employees of Viterra who stood strong and should be proud of their accomplishment,” stated UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger. “We are proud to welcome them to a union that has a strong voice in the plant processing sector.”

The Ste. Agathe site is a canola seed-crushing building. It receives seeds and crushes them to extract the oil, which is then put into many consumer products that we use daily.

The 46 unionized employees at the plant scale from shipping and receiving to electricians and millwrights, who keep the plant operating around-the-clock, seven days a week. The next step for our newest members is for the union to hold a proposals meeting to get their ideas as to what they would like to see negotiated into their first contract.

Ron Allard will be the servicing representative for the members at Viterra.

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