UFCW Local 832

UFCW Local 832

September 09, 2008 21:26 ET

Hope Centre members stand up to employer concessions.

Members vote 73% in favour of strike

Attention: Agriculture Editor, City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) - On Tuesday, September 9, UFCW Local 832 members working at Hope Centre locations in Winnipeg voted 93% in favour of rejecting the company's final offer and 73% in favour of going on strike.

The members who have been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2007, have had enough of the company's concessionary bargaining and demand the proper dignity and respect they give to the people they assist.
"This strike vote isn't about wages," stated UFCW Local 832 President Robert Ziegler. "These members are fighting to keep language that protects them on the job. The employer is even trying to force these workers into accepting language that goes against current legislation."

Over 30 UFCW Local 832 members work at three Hope Centre locations in Winnipeg. They provide support to people with developmental disabilities assisting them in job training and skills development along with helping to find and retain employment.

The union has notified the employer that the members have rejected their final offer and has notified the government conciliation officer in hopes of bringing the company back to the table. If not, the union will notify the company when they are set to walk off the job.

"It's unfortunate that our members have to look at strike action because they care so much for the people they help, and it's those people they assist who will truly suffer during a dispute. I think the company should re-read their core mission statement that is posted on their website, where it states that the company values their employees and the respect and dignity their employees show to the clients they assist. Perhaps it's time the company starts showing that respect and dignity to their own staff," stated Ziegler.

UFCW Local 832 is Manitoba's largest private sector union, representing over 15,000 members in Manitoba. UFCW Canada represents over 230,000 members across Canada.

IN: ECONOMY, EDUCATION, HEALTH, LABOUR, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Blake Crothers, Communications Director, UFCW Local 832
    Primary Phone: 204-480-4930
    Secondary Phone: 204-479-3977
    E-mail: blake.crothers@ufcw832.com