Ikwe Widdjiitiwin Ratifies New Deal with 100% of the Vote

December 19, 2019

On December 17, 2019, the members at Ikwe Widdjiitiwin, an Indigenous women’s crisis shelter, have ratified a new deal that guarantees them a 4% wage increase over three years and retro pay to April 1, 2018.

Other highlights from the new deal include:

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day as a general holiday
  • Leaves of absence
  • Improvements to their bereavement leave
  • Reducing their probationary period
  • Bringing in conciliation (when a conciliation officer is appointed to meet with the Union and the Employer to try to conclude a collective agreement)
  • Introducing a final and binding arbitration process; and
  • Language clean-up.

“We’re very happy to have secured this deal at Ikwe, especially with unanimous support from the members at their ratification meeting,” said Sonia Taylor, Union Negotiator. “These are incredibly hardworking members doing everything they can to keep women and families safe. We’re proud to have them as part of the UFCW team.”

Ikwe Widdjiitiwin, or “Women helping women,” is a crisis shelter for Indigenous women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence situations. Since the shelter opened its doors on January 24, 1984, countless women and children have come through the shelter. The dedicated team of residential support and follow up workers are there to help these women reclaim their lives and provide essential services such as safe accommodations, counselling, and educational workshops to help women and children reconnect with their Indigenous roots.

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