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 into more substantial issues, such as monetary proposals, reaching an agreement has become far more challenging.

Your representatives at the table are committed to doing everything possible to reach a tentative agreement with your employer so as of today we have asked for the assistance of a Provincial Conciliation Officer from the Province of Manitoba (Anna Fuller) who was assigned to this file by the Minister’s office back on January 16th.

Our next date was set for May 22 but at this time it is unclear whether talks will continue that day or if we will need to reschedule based on Anna’s schedule. Your committee members will notify you of the future dates and we will keep you updated on any further progress at the bargaining table.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to a member of your bargaining committee or contact me at 204 786-5055 or by email at jeff.traeger@ufcw832.com.

In Solidarity

Jeff Traeger
President UFCW Local 832

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