On Tuesday, January 24, UFCW 832’s members at Thompson Homeless Shelter voted in favour of ratifying their new, three-year collective bargaining agreement.
It’s been a big year for these members, who saw their workplace move from a facility setup to support 24 members of their community overnight to one that can shelter up to 100.
“These members worked really closely with their union rep, Mike Howden, to finalize this deal,” says union negotiator Phil Kraychuk. “Their new work environment came with some growing pains but we’re pleased to see them settle into their new space with a new deal that includes increased wages and other big improvements.”
These hardworking members’ new CBA includes wage increases of $4.50-$5.50 over the its three-year life and some general language cleanup.
Thompson Homeless Shelter Inc. is also called “Nanotowiho Wikamik” which means a place of healing and works closely with the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide programs, support and services to help empower its clients. UFCW 832’s members there are shelter outreach workers and they work hard each day to improve the lives of their clients.