Agropur Deal Almost Went Sour

February 15, 2018

Agropur produces Lucerne milk and cream for Safeway, Sobeys and Tim Hortons. UFCW Local 832 represents approximately 40 members work in every aspect of the production, from filling milk jugs, to pasteurizing milk, and even collect milk from the dairy farmers.

The union and the company met in March 2017 to begin bargaining towards a new collective agreement, with more meetings held in May. After a few good meetings, talks started to sour. However, the parties resumed negotiations in September with the assistance of a government-appointed conciliator.

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.

Conciliation Officer Appointed for Agropur Negotiations

July 27, 2017

The negotiating committees for Agropur will resume talks on September 19 and 22 with the assistance of a conciliation officer.

Union negotiator Sonia Taylor said, “We are hopefully that an agreement will be reached.” She will keep the membership updated as negotiations progress.


Negotiations Underway at Agropur

April 6, 2017

The negotiating committees met on March 14, 15 and 16 to commence bargaining towards a new collective agreement for the union members working at Agropur Co-operative.

Union negotiator Sonia Taylor said, “We had a good start to negotiations and we have agreed to a majority of non-monetary proposals.”

Negotiations will continue on May 9, with another meeting date set for May 11. The union will provide the members at Agropur with an update as to the status of their negotiations after the May 11 meeting.

Agropur Co-operative Negotiations Commence on January 11

December 9, 2016

The union bargaining committee—led by negotiator Sonia Taylor, Don Fraser, Brad Siemens and Dave Perron—is set to meet with Agropur on January 11, 2017. At that first meeting, the parties will exchange proposals and begin negotiations towards a new collective agreement for the members working at the plant in Winnipeg.

Following the January 11 meeting, the union will provide the members at Agropur with information on additional dates and the status of negotiations.

Union Ready to Commence Negotiations at Agropur

May 30, 2016

The collective agreement for members working at Agropur expires on July 16. The parties will begin negotiations to renew the contract on June 21.

The union negotiating committee consists of negotiator Sonia Taylor and members Don Fraser, Brad Siemens, and Dave Perron.

Agropur members will receive an update following the June 21 meeting.

Agropur Members Prepare to Upcoming Negotiations

May 11, 2016

The union has scheduled proposals meetings for its members working at Agropur. As part of the planning to begin bargaining, the union is asking members to bring ideas to a meeting on May 25 on what they would like to see negotiated into their new collective agreement.

UFCW Local 832 represents approximately 40 workers at the Agropur (formerly Lucerne Milk) plant in Winnipeg.

More dates scheduled for Lucerne Milk, new negotiator named.

June 26, 2013

The negotiating committee met on June 20 & 21, 2013 to begin negotiations towards the renewal of the collective agreement between the union and the Lucerne Milk Plant. During these meetings, the parties exchanged proposals and began discussing non-monetary items and some monetary items in greater detail.

Lucerne Milk members ratify new agreement

October 25, 2010
On Sunday October 24, UFCW Local 832 members working at the Lucerne milk plant in Winnipeg ratified a new three year agreement by 54 per cent. Those working in the maintenance department will receive $1.46 over the three years, and the rest of the employees will receive $1.16 over the life of the agreement. The union was successful in negotiating  additional 19 cents per hour into their pension plan.

Lucerne Milk members ratify new three-year agreement.

May 20, 2008
On Monday May 19 the members at Lucerne Milk ratified a new three-year agreement by 71% that will see strong improvements over the life of the agreement. Members will receive wage increases of 40 cents in each year of the agreement. Members will also see 21 cents an hour put into the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan stabilization fund. This fund is being set aside only for the members at Lucerne Milk to ensure their pension benefits do not decrease. The negotiation committee was successful in moving the bargaining unit into the Safeway Health and Welfare plan.


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