Jeff Traeger

President

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Jeff Traeger became the third full-time President in the 80-year history of UFCW Local 832. He was first elected in the fall of 2011 and is currently serving his third term.

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Besides leading the largest private sector union in Manitoba, Jeff also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Manitoba Federation of Labour and represents the interests of working Manitobans as a member of the Labour Management Review Committee.

Nationally, Jeff represents Manitoba on the UFCW National Defense Fund where he sits as an administration and audit committee member.  He is a member of the UFCW Canada National Council and an Advisory Committee member for the UFCW International Union headquartered in Washington D.C.

Jeff Chairs most of the Health and Welfare Trust Funds that provide benefits to Local 832 members. He is also a trustee on the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan with over 300,000 members.

“Being the president for such a progressive organization gives me the opportunity to work with and for many good and talented people. It makes it possible for me to have a positive influence on people’s lives on a daily basis and that is truly an honour”.

Beatrice Bruske

Secretary-Treasurer

Bea Bruske has been working for UFCW Local 832 in a full-time capacity since 1994.     Bea was an activist working at SuperValu, which was a Loblaw owned grocery store.  While working at SuperValu, Bea became involved with Union activities during the Westfair Foods strike of 1987.  Following the strike, Bea took on roles as a shop steward, health and safety committee member and was elected to the Local’s executive board as a vice president. 

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Bea was hired in 1994 and started as a full-time union representative servicing in the grocery industry. During her time as a servicing rep, Bea worked with health care, retail, non-profit and security members.  Bea became a full-time negotiator for Local 832 in 2004, and as a negotiator has bargained in the retail, security, non-profit, food production, health care and warehousing industries.  On October 24, 2011, Bea was elected as Secretary-Treasurer for the Local.  In her current role as Secretary-Treasurer, Bea is responsible for looking after the finances of the local.  She is also serving as a trustee on a number of health and welfare trust funds, the MFCW Dental plan and was appointed by the Manitoba Council of Health Care Unions to serve as a trustee on the HEPP (Health employee pension plan) in 2017.  

Bea has served on a large number of committees within the local as well as serving on the national UFCW diversity committee. She has served a number of terms as a UFCW representative on the Manitoba Federation of Labour and served as an employee representative to the Manitoba Labour Board from 2007 to 2018.

Bea was appointed to the UFCW Canada National Council Executive board in the spring of 2018 and represents UFCW Manitoba’s interests on a national level.

Bea recognizes the role that provincial politics plays in creating legislation that affects workers and is currently serving on the executive of the Manitoba NDP.

Bea holds an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba where she majored in Labour Studies.

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Marie Buchan

Director of Operations

As a member of Local 832, Marie spent over five years working at St. Boniface General Hospital. A strong union supporter, Marie served as a shop steward at the hospital and was also active during a strike against the hospital in the fall of 2003. In addition to working at St. Boniface Hospital, Marie spent three years as a cashier and customer service clerk at Safeway store 712, McPhillips and Leila in Winnipeg.

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In December 2002, Marie came on staff as a relief representative - becoming a permanent, full-time union representative in March, 2003. In the same month, in addition to her appointment as a Local 832 full-time union rep, Marie was elected to the executive board of the UFCW Canadian Council. Both before and after being hired as a full-time union representative, Marie was active on Local 832 Youth Committee, as well as the Manitoba representative for the UFCW Canada Youth Committee. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Marie attended the University of Winnipeg and South Winnipeg Technical Institute.

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