UFCW 832 Files Record Number of Grievances Against Stella's

October 18, 2019

Hi, I'm Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832.

I'm here to give you an update on Stella's Sherbrook Avenue.

We received a new contract from the MB Labour Board, Imposed by the board on September 20th. It's an important contract, one that includes a lot of improvements to the working conditions at Stella's that will make the lives of our members better. 

Now, the company is taking a very unique interpretation around some of the important issues like wages and paid breaks.  On the wage issue, the board imposed a start-rate and a one-year-rate.  UFCW has seen this many times from the board before, the start-rate is what's paid to new employees, and the one-year-rate is what is paid to any employee that has one year of service with the employer. 

"Never before has UFCW had to file five grievances in the first three weeks in dealing with a newly organized employer, and there have been many in our history."


The company, however, is taking a completely different interpretation: That the start-rate is the start of the collective agreement, and the one-year-rate is paid at the one-year anniversary of the collective agreement. So effectively nobody at Stella's has received a wage increase.

We had to file a grievance on this matter, and we will be proceeding through the grievance procedure to get this corrected.

On the paid breaks, for the first few weeks, the employer did not provide paid breaks for our members, so we filed a grievance to correct that situation. And when they did finally start providing paid breaks, they forced their servers to give up their tables when they went on a break. Effectively meaning their tips went to someone else.

The other thing they've been doing is reducing shifts for employees. A lot of the employees work less than five hours, which means that a lot of the employees don't get their half-hour break. And those employees that do get their half-hour break that's required by law, the employer has been combing it with their 15-minute paid break, giving them 45 minutes off in the middle of their shift.

Never before has UFCW had to file five grievances in the first three weeks in dealing with a newly organized employer, and there have been many in our history.

It seems as though Stella's does not understand how to work with a union and it seems as though they have no interest in having a relationship with the union that now represents their workers.

At the Labour Board, they fought us on the wages that were awarded.
At the Labour Board, they fought us on the paid breaks that we were awarded.
They even fought us on putting the respectful workplace policy in the collective agreement, which leaves us to wonder whether or not the lessons from the #NotMyStellas campaign have yet to be learned.

I want you to know that we are working hard to correct all of these issues, whether we're using the grievance procedure in our contract or we're at the Manitoba Labour Board, and we ask you for your patience and understanding as we work through this procedure. I want you also to have confidence that this unio has your back and that together we will make Stella's a better place to work.

As we progress through the grievance procedure or at the Labour Board, we will regularly be putting updates on our progress on this website, so please return for further updates.

Thank You


UFCW 832 Filing an Unfair Labour Practice against Stella's

UFCW is also filing an Unfair Labour Practice to coincide with the Improper Wage Grievance, alleging that the Employer is purposefully not paying out the wages that were imposed by the contract.

If the Union is successful, the Employer can be ordered to pay a penalty of up to $2,000 to each UFCW member working at Stella's, and to UFCW Local 832. The penalty can be anywhere from $0 to $2,000, but we will be pushing for the full amount to be paid out to members working at Stella's on Sherbrook.


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