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UFCW Local 832 and Epic Opportunities Start Negotiations

March 2, 2017

On February 24, the union negotiating committee—negotiator Sonia Taylor, Richard Charpentier (Portage-75), and Amy Cranford (Portage-71)—exchanged proposals with the Epic Opportunities negotiating committee and began bargaining.

The parties did agree on several of the non-monetary items.  However, after much discussion on the proposed restructuring of the organization and projected changes to the Health and Welfare Benefit plan no further dates have been set.


Epic Opportunities Bargaining to Begin

January 23, 2017

The union bargaining committee, led by union negotiator Sonia Taylor and assisted by members Margaret Coleski (Goulet - 61), Richard Charpentier (Portage - 75) and Amy Cranford (Portage - 71) will commence negotiations with Epic Opportunities towards the renewal of a new collective agreement.

The parties will begin talks on February 23, with further meetings set for February 27 and 28. Following the February 28 meeting, negotiator Taylor we will provide the members with an update as to the status of their negotiations.


Preparing for an Epic Agreement

November 2, 2016

Sonia Taylor, UFCW Local 832 union negotiator, has scheduled a proposals meet for members from Epic Opportunities for November 30. This gives the members the opportunity to bring forward their ideas on what improvements and/or changes they would like to see negotiated into their new collective agreement.

The existing agreement expires on December 31.


Epic Opportunities Members Hoping for New Contract

February 6, 2015 to February 9, 2015

The negotiating committees for the union and Epic Opportunities will meet on February 23 to begin bargaining for the renewal of a collective agreement for the members working at Epic Opportunities. The union committee consists of head negotiator Sonia Taylor, Margaret Coleski (Goulet), Summer Sierks (Cavalier) and Amy Cranford(Portage).  Following the February 23 meeting, the union will provide the members with an update on the status ofnegotiations.


Nothing Epic at bargaining table

May 31, 2013

The bargaining committee for Epic Opportunities met with the employer on May 27 to continue negotiations. At this meeting the employer shared some financial information with the committee and discussed funding history and management efforts to reduce costs and the importance of recruiting and retaining DSW staff.


Epic Opportunities negotiations to begin in the New Year

December 28, 2012
The union has finally secured dates from the employer to begin negotiations toward the renewal of the collective agreement for the members working at Epic Opportunities Inc. The parties are set to meet on February 6. As in the past, Roger Dheilly (labour relations consultant) will be the lead negotiator for the employer’s team. The union committee consists of Margaret Coleski, Dani Scott, Sara Goodwin and Michelle Masserey. Although the contract expires on December 31, it remains in place until a new one is negotiated.

Tentative deal for members at Epic Opportunities

April 5, 2011
Good News - Tentative Agreement Reached Your negotiating committee, Fred Ali, Danielle Scott and UFCW Local 832 negotiator Michelle Masserey are pleased to advise that a tentative agreement has been reached with your employer on the renewal of your collective agreement.

Epic Opportunities negotiations update

February 22, 2011
Employer applies for Conciliation On January 21, the union resumed negotiations with your employer to renew the collective agreement. We continued to discuss the outstanding issues, but no new items were agreed. The employer confirmed that the per diem amounts from government did not increase in 2010. On February 10,  the employer presented us with their complete package to conclude a collective agreement.

Negotiations set to commence at Epic Opportunities

January 11, 2011
Your collective agreement expired on December 31, 2010, and negotiations have now begun to renew the contract. Your negotiating committee members, Fred Ali (Goulet), Danielle Porhownik-Scott (Cavalier) and UFCW Local 832 negotiator, Michelle Masserey met with your employer on January 7 and 10 at the Union offices and presented our proposals. The employer has several proposals of their own, mainly to clarify and update contract language.

Negotiations set for Epic Opportunities

December 7, 2010
Since early October, the union has been trying to get negotiation dates from the employer. Finally, after indicating we were prepared to apply for conciliation, the employer has agreed to commence negotiations on Jan. 7 & 10 2011.  The employer’s committee consists of Roger Dheilly (Labour Relations Consultant), Jeannette DeLong (Executive Director) and Dana Hope (Director of Day Services). Your contract expires on December 31, but will remain in place until we negotiate a renewal.

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