Sun Gro Horticulture

Tentative Agreement reached with Sun Gro Horticulture

January 31, 2020

A tentative agreement has been reached with SunGro Horticulture Canada Ltd.

All outstanding issues were resolved during negotiations that took place on January 30, 2020, and a ratification vote will be scheduled soon to go over the agreement and explain all amendments and changes to the current collective agreement. As soon as a date can be finalized for the ratification meeting it will be posted here on this website and sent out to all members working for SunGro.

Members at Sun Gro give Strong Strike Mandate

December 16, 2019

On December 15, 2019 - UFCW 832 members working at SunGro have voted 95% in favour of a strike mandate.

Union Negotiator Sonia Taylor said, "This strong strike mandate will show their employer that it's time to get serious at the bargaining table."

UFCW 832 has four days scheduled with the employer at the end of January, and we have set a strike deadline of 12:01 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. If a fair deal cannot be reached with the employer by that time, then a strike will commence.

The collective agreement expired in June of 2019.

Negotiations Breakdown – Strike Vote Scheduled for members at Sun Gro Horticulture Canada Ltd.

November 13, 2019

After 5 days of bargaining, it has become apparent that the Company is not serious about reaching a new Collective Agreement.  In an effort to speed up negotiations, your bargaining committee requested the government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist the parties.  On November 12th, we met with the Company and the conciliation officers and little to no progress was made. Your negotiation committee cancelled negotiations for November 13th as well as the dates in December, as the Company does not appear to show an interest in bargaining.

Negotiations Cultivating at Sun Gro Horticulture

September 26, 2019

Negotiations for a new collective agreement for the union members at Sun Gro Horticulture are underway. The bargaining committee for the union, led by negotiator Sonia Taylor and assisted by members Tom Biebrich and Brad Keller, met with the Company and exchanged a significant amount of proposals.

The parties had good discussions and agreed to minor non-monetary items. All major proposals remain outstanding. Additional bargaining dates have been scheduled for November 12 and 13 and December 10 and 11, 2019. 

Sun Gro Negotiations Set to Start

June 14, 2019

The union and the company bargaining committees will meet on August 20 to begin negotiations towards a new collective agreement for the members working at Sun Gro Horticulture Ltd. Talks will continue on August 21, September 23 and 24. 
Union negotiator Sonia Taylor will provide an update as to the status of these negotiations after the September 24 meeting. Assisting negotiator Taylor on the union bargaining committee is Tom Biebrich and Brad Keller.

Conciliation date set for Sun Gro negotiations

November 26, 2014

After meeting with members on November 23,  the provincial government has provided union with our next conciliation date which is scheduled for January 27, 2015.

The union is very close to having a potential agreement, the union negotiating committee still has to finalize a couple of extremely important items before we are in a position to present you a proposed contract that you will support.

Sun Gro Negotiations Update

September 29, 2014

UFCW Local 832 applied to the provincial government to appoint a conciliator to assist with the negotiations at Sun Gro Horticulture. Negotiations had come to an impasse and the union was not willing to agree to the company’s concessions.

The union bargaining committee had previously stated to the members at Sun Gro, “These are extremely important issues that your we need to take a strong stance on in order to protect our rights and our future.”

Sungro Negotiations Underway

July 8, 2014

The union negotiating committee comprised of Raymond Popiel, Jim Sitar and UFCW Local 832 negotiator Martin Trudel exchanged a significant number of proposals with the employer on June 19 & 20, 2014. 

Both parties had proposals regarding issues that needed to be looked at in terms of changes to the existing contract language, benefits and wages. Although some agreements were reached on certain proposals, there are a number of outstanding ones that are still on the table and will need to be addressed at the next bargaining sessions. 

Sungro negotiations update meeting set

May 4, 2010
Meeting will take place at General Membership meeting on May 13. In conjunction with General Membership Meetings already scheduled on May 13, 2010 at 3 pm and 5 pm at the Whitemouth Hall, we will also be holding a Sun Gro negotiations update at the same time. This update will be provided following two additional negotiations dates of May 5 & 11, 2010.  At these meetings we will be providing you with a status update as to the progress your negotiations committee has made against your proposals.  We will also be asking for your feedback and direction with reg

Negotiations to continue at Sungro

April 22, 2010
More dates set in May. Negotiations for a new collective agreement with Sun Gro Horticulture began on April 20 and 21, 2010.


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