March 22, 2005 16:24 ET

Ontario Beer Store union makes major gains in tentative deal

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) - The union representing The Beer Store's retail and distribution centre workers in Ontario has hammered out a tentative deal containing major gains in wages, benefits and promotion opportunities for its 6,000 members.

Bargaining between UFCW Local 12R24 and The Beer Store (TBS) commenced last November. A tentative agreement was finally reached on Sunday after six days of intense, around-the-clock negotiations.

"It was a tough four months of bargaining," according to UFCW Canada Local 12R24 president John Montgomery, "but at the end of the day we have a tentative agreement that positively addresses our members' concerns."

"There are solid gains here," said Montgomery, "with substantial improvements for all classes of employees in wages and benefits. The agreement also improves the opportunity for part-time workers to advance to full-time positions."

Details of the tentative agreement will be made available to the membership at ratification meetings to be held across Ontario over the next three weeks.

UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers) is one of Canada's largest private sector unions in Canada with more than 230,000 members working in every aspect of the food and retail industry, as well as other service, commercial, processing, manufacturing, technical and professional occupations.

/For further information: www.ufcw12R24.ca/ IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, FOOD, LABOUR, RETAIL

Contact Information

  • John Montgomery, President, UFCW Canada Local 12R24
    Primary Phone: 416-674-3458
    E-mail: 12R24@bellnet.ca