Covid-19

Risk Recognition Program - updated info

June 18, 2020

UPDATE: 

The deadline to apply for Manitoba's Risk Recognition Program has been extended to June 29, 2020, at noon, and the eligibility has been expanded to include more front line workers. If you weren’t eligible before, check it out, you may be now!

If you have any questions, please check the website below. You will find all the information that you need.


On Tuesday, June 3, 2020, the Manitoba Government announced the Risk Recognition Program, and UFCW encourages you to apply at the link below.


Assisted Living Workers Deserve Better!

May 19, 2020

Earlier today, President Traeger sent a letter to Premier Pallister to call for a $5 hourly wage increase for assisted living workers during this pandemic, in support of the Abilities Manitoba Campaign. Along with the call for this pay increase, President Traeger also called for increased stable funding to this sector, so that when this pandemic is over, workers will have a $15/ hour minimum starting wage.


Now is ‘still’ the time to be kind!

May 15, 2020

As we head into the long weekend (even though it hardly feels like it), workers on the frontlines of this pandemic are still doing their part as they have since the beginning. Our members in retail and security have been out there with the public making sure shelves are stocked and property and communities are secure. They have also had to maintain social distancing protocols in the places they work or are assigned to work. This is a tough and thankless task that can, unfortunately, result in abuse.


Close Call at Maple Leaf Brandon

May 15, 2020

Last night, the union was informed about a positive case of COVID-19 in a security guard who worked at the plant. The good news for members working at the plant is that the security guard has not been present at the plant for over two weeks, and they contracted COVID-19 after their last shift at the plant.

“This is a reminder of how vigilant we need to be,” said Jeff Traeger, president of UFCW Local 832. “I’m very relieved that COVID-19 still has not made it’s way into Maple Leaf, or any other large plant in Manitoba, but this feels like a close call.”


Taxes on bonus pay and the CERB

April 24, 2020

For anyone who is taking the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), you will have to pay tax on that income next year when you file your income taxes.

Why doesn't the government just take taxes off now?

Because you need money now!

It's better for you to have money in your pockets now, so you can pay your bills and buy groceries. This has two benefits; the first is that you get to look after your families and yourself, and the second is that you spend that money back into the economy.


UFCW Local 832 calls on Loblaw and the Province of Manitoba to Cancel No Tax Sale on Non-Essential Goods

April 22, 2020

UFCW Local 832 has been informed by representatives of Loblaw that their Superstores in Manitoba will be having a “No Tax Sale” from April 24th to the 30th on non-food items like gardening supplies, clothing, barbeques and patio furniture.

These events draw large crowds and potentially put the safety of our members, and the public at risk.


Customers Need to Smarten Up

April 2, 2020

Workers on the frontlines of this pandemic are doing their part to make sure everyone gets the food and supplies they need from retail stores safely and efficiently. Customers need to do their part to help.

Workers are getting scared and concerned with the attitudes of some customers,” said Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832. “The public needs to do their part to help our members on the frontlines get home safely.”


UFCW 832 – Once Again - Calls for Presumptive Coverage for Workers on the Frontlines

April 1, 2020

Earlier today, President Jeff Traeger sent a letter to the CEO of Workers Compensation of Manitoba (WCB), the Finance Minister and the Chairperson of the WCB Board of Directors. The letter once again calls for Presumptive Coverage for frontline workers who become ill at work due to Covid-19.

“WCB needs to trust workers,” said Jeff Traeger, president of UFCW Local 832. “Our members are in daily contact with large numbers of co-workers and customers, and they shouldn’t have to prove to WCB that they developed symptoms from their contact at work.”


Temporary Closure of Winnipeg Office

March 31, 2020

Dear Member,

Yesterday the Government of Manitoba issued an order that all “non-critical” businesses including Unions must close for a minimum two-week period which means our last office which is still open – 1412 Portage Ave - will close at the end of the day.

As I said in my email to you last week, you can rest assured that your Union is still working hard for all of our members and our staff are still available by email, phone or text message.  Our entire staff are fully equipped to work from home and all of them will be doing so starting on Wednesday.


We’re all in this together

March 30, 2020

First of all, we want to once again thank all workers in the food production, food distribution warehousing, grocery retail, hospitality, security, personal care and assisted living, who are all working so hard on the frontlines of this pandemic. 

Your Union has been in constant conversation with your employers to ensure you’re all recognized, appreciated, and your safety is the #1 priority.


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