On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, UFCW Local 832 members working at Ikwe-Widdjiitiwin Inc. ratified their new three-year collective agreement with a unanimous result. The original agreement expired at the end of March, earlier this year, with bargaining delayed due to COVID-19.
The new agreement brings:
- An initial 2% wage increase, with retro-pay going back to April 1, future wage increases are based on annual funding.
- An increase to evening and night premiums
- New respectful workplace language and a new committee to be struck
- The addition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to the General Holidays
- Health and Safety language solidified into the CBA for COVID-19 and future pandemics.
“I’m very proud of the considerations both parties brought to this round of negotiations,” said Marie Buchan, Secretary-Treasurer. “We worked hard to bring fair wages and good language to this new agreement.”
Ikwe-Widdjiitiwin Inc. is a crisis shelter for indigenous women and children, offering support, shelter, and hope during a crisis. UFCW 832 represents the dedicated team of residential support and follow-up workers.