Members at IKWE Vote YES to New Collective Agreement

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.