Sunday, May 31, 2020 – Over a series of meetings this weekend, UFCW 832 members working at HyLife voted yes by 76% to ratify their new contract.
The bargaining committee worked incredibly hard to get a good agreement for the membership that was fair. The bargaining committee was able to reach a collective agreement that exceeds industry standards and makes improvements in other ways for HyLife members.
“I’m proud of our bargaining committee and our membership at HyLife,” said Bea Bruske, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 832. “Our members at HyLife work hard, and they deserve a fair contract that acknowledges that. This new contract brings in many new financial improvements plus 1.1 million in reclassification funds.”
The new contract also contains many improvements including:
- Fair Wage Increases
- Increased Premiums
- Increases to the Health and Welfare Plan
- Up to 40 hours of Banked Overtime
- Improved and Streamlined Job Postings
- Less Mandated Saturday Work
- Updated Vacation provisions
In order to follow public health advice during COVID-19, the union held 10 meetings over the weekend where members were able to attend in-person meetings and ask questions at a safe social-distance.
HyLife Foods is a hog processing plant located in Neepawa. UFCW 832 represents over 1,100 members, who cut and pack pork.