UFCW Local 832 and Epic Opportunities Start Negotiations
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
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
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
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
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.