McCain Foods offers half-baked proposal

February 28, 2018

On Friday, February 23, with an overwhelming turnout, workers at McCain Foods near Carberry, voted unanimously in favour of a strike mandate and a strike deadline has been set for April 19th. This strong strike mandate sends a message to the company that they need to bring a more appealing offer to the table.

The wedge-issue is the pension plan. The plan currently sits below the solvency rate, and the company wants to offset their legal obligation to cover this deficit by freezing wages, reducing benefits, reducing sick-pay, and removing stat-days.

“Bringing the pension back to solvency is the legal obligation of the company, given that it's a defined benefits plan. The workers should not bear the offset of the costs,” stated head union negotiator Martin Trudel.

UFCW Local 832 has been in negotiations with McCain Foods for several months and have negotiated past the contract expiry date last September. The union will sit back down with McCains at the bargaining table on March 12, 2018 to work towards a fair deal for the workers, but a strike deadline has been set for April 19.

McCain Foods (Canada)  is one of the French Fry production plants for McCain Canada. UFCW Local 832 represents roughly 220 members.

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