COVID-19 Update - Monday, August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

Over the weekend positive cases of COVID-19 have jumped in the plant, and with today's new numbers, there are 23 positive cases of COVID-19 at Maple Leaf Brandon.

Earlier today Maple Leaf VP of Labour Relations, Dezi Singh reached out to President Traeger with the hope that we can work together in a more collaborative way, resolve issues in the plant and help make the community safer together.

 You can read the letter here.

Maple Leaf Brandon COVID-19 Update - Friday, August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020

This afternoon, we were informed that there are two more positive cases of COVID-19 at Maple Leaf Brandon, bringing the total up to 10. These cases are closely linked to the existing cases from earlier this week.

“Our position does not change at this point,” stated President Jeff Traeger. “UFCW 832 still believes that the best thing to do is to shut down production, wait for any remaining test results to come in so the situation can be properly assessed and dealt with.”



Four more positive cases at Maple Leaf Brandon

August 7, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update for UFCW Members

"Yesterday, the Union was informed about an additional four positive cases of COVID-19 among members at the plant, bringing the total up to eight," said Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW 832. "We are expecting that this number will continue to increase, and we are renewing our call on Maple Leaf to halt production in the Brandon plant until this situation is under control."


Three more positive cases of COVID-19 at Maple Leaf Brandon

August 6, 2020

Late last night (Wednesday, August 5), the Union was made aware of three more positive-cases of COVID-19 among non-production unionized employees.

“UFCW 832 is now calling for Maple Leaf in Brandon to cease production until Monday, August 10, at the earliest. Until we have more results from the outstanding tests among our members at Maple Leaf,” stated Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832.

So far, Maple Leaf does not agree with the Union’s position and has informed the Union that they will be remaining open and continuing with production as usual.

Confirmed case of Covid-19 at Maple Leaf in Brandon

August 5, 2020

Over the long weekend, Maple Leaf informed the Union that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 among a UFCW 832 member working at the plant.

“We hope for a speedy recovery for the Maple Leaf member,” stated Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832. “This appears to be a contained event, but we will be watching this very closely.”

There are ongoing plans being made for the safety of everyone, and members are being informed as they go to work, but what we know so far:

Risk Recognition Program - updated info

June 18, 2020


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.


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