ACL Virden

ACL Virden Members Ratify New 2-Year Deal

July 12, 2018

UFCW members working at the Association for Community Living (ACL) in Virden accepted a new two-year collective agreement by 100 per cent.


Due to the government’s refusal to provide funding to ACL, the employees will not be receiving a wage increase in the next two years. For this round of bargaining, the union committee concentrated on needed language clean up and revamped the night shift allocation process. It is also important to note that there were no concessions.

ACL Virden Negotiations Start in June

April 11, 2018

Negotiation dates have now been set in June to start bargaining the renewal of the collective agreement for UFCW Local 832 union members working at ACL Virden.

Martin Trudel will head the union negotiating committee. Once bargaining begins, he will provide updates as negotiations progress.

ACL Virden Members Vote100% In Favour of Strike

December 22, 2015

On December 16, the union members working at ACL Virden voted 100 per cent in favour of rejecting the employer’s final offer and 100 per cent in favour of going on strike.

The fact that the union negotiating committee can go back to the bargaining table with such an exceptionally strong strike vote, will allow them to be in a much better position to lobby the government in an attempt to make positive changes to the current funding process with the obvious focus being on wage increases for all employees.

Negotiations at ACL Virden Need a Boost

November 20, 2015

The negotiating committees for ACL Virden met on November 17. Even though some progress was made, the company was not prepared to deal with any proposals related to wages and benefits.

In order to demonstrate that workers in this industry will no longer tolerate not receiving a fair and reasonable wage increase, the union is asking its members at ACL to stand collectively and give the union negotiating committee a strike mandate.

Negotiations Commence at ACL in August

June 4, 2015

The union negotiating committee for ACL Virden—Martin Trudel, Cathy Gerelius, and Judy Horn—will meet with the company’s committee on August 20 and 21. The union did attempt to schedule earlier dates but limited availability on both sides resulted in those dates being chosen.

Notice to all ACL Virden members

November 19, 2010
The union has heard from Shelley Savy and Callum Caswell regarding your premiums for your health and welfare plans. There is going to be a significant change in the levels of premiums if there is not a change in some of the benefits.

Tentative agreement reached at ACL Virden

October 25, 2010
The union bargained late last week and were able to come to an agreement that the bargaining committee will be recommending to you for your acceptance.  It is important that everyone attend one of the meetings to have your say about the proposed contract and to ensure that the outcome of the vote is what you would want it to be. Ratification date set Meetings have been set for Friday November 5, 2010 at the Virden Legion.  Meetings will be held at 10:30 am and another at 3:30 pm.  These meeting times are based on when members should have the best opportunity to vote.

ACL Virden Pension meeting

May 6, 2010
Meeting set for May 18 at Virden Legion. As with many defined contribution pension plans, since the economic downturn investment returns have not kept up with the amount of money required to ensure that people can keep the same level of pension benefit without increasing contributions.  Your pension plan is one of those which requires more money or may need to lower the benefit the current contributions can buy. Letters have been sent to all employers who have employees covered by this pension plan across the country, asking them to increase the contributions.

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