October 28, 2022 – The results are in, and workers at CBI Health in Brandon have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the UFCW Local 832.
“Our new union members at CBI Health have gained a strong voice at work and support when they need it most,” said Jeff Traeger, president of UFCW Local 832. “We look forward to diving deeper into the issues they face and working with them to develop a fair contract with their employer that addresses those issues.”
CBI Health workers voted electronically from October 6 to 8. However, due to a dispute over voter eligibility, the workers had to wait and wonder about the outcome. On Thursday, October 27, the union received the certificate from the labour board, and the workers were thrilled to hear that they had officially unionized their workplace with UFCW.
The 200 new UFCW members from CBI Health include direct support professionals and team leads who support individuals living with disabilities or illnesses, which can be related to cognitive challenges, physical health or mental health. They will join over 1,400 current UFCW 832 members in the assisted living sector here in Manitoba, working at over a dozen similar agencies.
UFCW Local 832 is a union that represents over 19,000 Manitoban workers in food production, food distribution, warehousing, hospitality, security, personal care, assisted living, grocery retail and cannabis retail.