First Contract for Viterra Members Lingering

January 28, 2019

The negotiating committees for Viterra and the union met again on January 21 and 22. There was some good discussion on a few topics, which the committees agreed on, however, the parties vastly differ on what should be included in the collective agreement.

Union executive assistant to the president Blake Crothers said, “I sympathize with the members as they feel bargaining is lingering. But, I’d like to assure them that negotiating a first contract usually does take longer than renewing an established collective agreement.”

The union is hopeful that during the next bargaining session, the parties will lunge into the monetary items and make progress on all of the outstanding issues. Executive assistant to the president Crothers will provide a further update after the next set of talks.

Viterra Inc. is a leading canola processing plant located in Ste. Agathe. There are approximately 45 UFCW members who work there in various departments. The plant operates around-the-clock, seven days a week.

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