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Threatening and Abusive Behaviour in the Retail Sector

April 23, 2019


Shoplifting has been an ongoing concern that UFCW has been raising with employers and members over the past several years, but in a recent event, a suspected shoplifter pulled a gun and threatened employees, management and customers at a Superstore. Thankfully nobody was physically hurt during this incident, but we are calling on retail employers to work harder and ensure incidents like this don't happen again.

The following letter has been sent to Loblaw, Red River Co-op, and Sobeys senior management:



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New Contract for Members in St. Malo

April 23, 2019

UFCW Local 832 members working at EPIC de St Malo Inc./SMILE of St Malo Inc. (Day Program) ratified a new three-year collective agreement by 93 per cent.

Union negotiator Phil Kraychuk stated, “This is a good contract. We were able to do a lot of language clean-up and streamlining.” 

During the life of the agreement, members will see their wages increase by five per cent. Other monetary increases include hikes to dental benefits, premiums, employer contributions to employees’ RRSP, sick time, allowance for...

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Category: EPIC de St Malo/SMILE of St Malo Inc.

New Deal at General Mills

April 9, 2019

UFCW Local 832 members working at General Mills in Winnipeg ratified a new collective agreement on April 7, 2019.

The members saw improvements to vacation language, job postings and one hundred percent coverage from an expanded list for approved safety footwear. Members will see their wages rise to $1.70 per hour over the next four years. Wage increases were retroactive to November 1, 2018. Also new language was negotiated for an improved process should it change back to ten or tweleve hour shifts.”


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Category: General Mills

First Red Meat Forum a success

April 8, 2019

This past Saturday, April 6th, 2019, UFCW 832 staff were joined by over 60 members, Shop Stewards and Health & Safety Committee members for the first ever Red Meat Forum. This forum was held for members working at Maple leaf in Brandon, with a focus on what is currently happening in the hog industry, where Maple Leaf stands in the marketplace, and a discussion based around what could be done at the Maple Leaf Plant to make life better for members.

After lunch, we were fortunate to have an informative presentation on the benefits plans from the PBAS Group. Members were given the...

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Category: Maple Leaf Fresh Foods-Brandon

Heartland Livestock Negotiations Ahead

April 1, 2019

Negotiations for a new collective agreement for the members working at Heartland Livestock are set to begin on June 12, and will continue on June 13 and 14.

Union negotiator Sonia Taylor will spearhead these negotiations and she will provide updates as bargaining progresses.

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Negotiations dates set for members at Ukrainian Farmers Co-op Ltd.

March 26, 2019

I am pleased to advise you that negotiations with the Co-operative for a new Collective Agreement will be held July 8 to July 10, 2019.  During these meetings, your Negotiating Committee, consisting of Amanda Brown, Tiffany Decock and myself will work towards negotiating improvements to your existing Collective Agreement based on the feedback you provided at the proposal meeting.

After this set of negotiations, you will be updated as to the status of bargaining.  Should you have any questions, please contact Sonia at 1-888-832-8329 or by email at...

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Category: Ukrainian Co-operatives Ltd.

Co-op Proposes Concessions - Negotiations Continue May 28

March 26, 2019

RE:  Co-op Proposes Concessions - Negotiations Continue May 28 to May 31, 2019 – Conciliation Officer Appointed

On March 19 to 22, 2019, we met with the Co-operative to begin negotiations.  The Co-operative is represented by Tom Zabel, Labour Relations Manager from FCL Saskatoon, Lola Ayotunde, Labour Relations Advisor from FCL, Patti Eilers, Board of Directors, Lorne Eiffert, Nadia Spikula, Katelyn Wozny and Lori Hagenson-Sanden.  We had good discussions and we have agreed to some non-monetary items.

Unfortunately, the Co-op has proposed several...

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Negotiations resume with Souris Valley Foods

March 26, 2019

Negotiations Resume – May 1 and May 2, 2019

On February 28th, Noralyn Graham, your Union Representative Morag Stewart, and I met with your Employer to begin negotiations.  Your Employer is represented by Ramona Taylor and Darryl Moreau.  We presented our proposals and the Employer stated that they did not have proposals and they would be working from our document. We had good discussions and they advised that they need time to review the proposals.

I have now heard back from the Employer advising that they have reviewed the proposals and are ready to respond...

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Category: Souris Valley Foods

UFCW Canada BDM Scholarship

March 5, 2019



Each year UFCW Canada offers 18 BDM Scholarships worth $1,000 each to active members and their family members for post-secondary study.

To qualify for the UFCW Canada - BDM Scholarship program you must be an active UFCW member in good standing or a dependent/spouse of active UFCW member in good standing. Eligible candidates cannot have won the BDM scholarship before.

The student must also...

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Boots Riley — UFCW Proud Sponsor

February 28, 2019

UFCW is proud to sponsor this CCPA event.


Download the original poster here

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