UFCW Local 832

UFCW Local 832

April 19, 2012 17:11 ET

UFCW Local 832 President Worried Federal Changes to Settlement Services in Manitoba Could Put Westman Area in Jeopardy

Provincial Nominee Program Helped Bolster Westman Economy

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2012) - UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger is concerned that announced changes by the federal Conservative government on taking back control of settlement services could erode the social and economic gains made over the last decade in Brandon and Neepawa.

"The diversity of our union has changed dramatically over the last number of years because of this successful program. With this success, companies like Maple Leaf and HyLife Foods have invested millions of dollars and created thousands of jobs here in Manitoba. Our provincial government helped play a vital role to ensure this," stated Traeger.

UFCW Local 832 and UFCW Canada have been leaders in fighting for the rights of immigrant and migrant workers, not only in Manitoba but across the country. UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley was disappointed by the federal government's proposed changes. "Manitoba has set the standard in Canada of how a province should embrace its immigrant workforce. The proof is shown in how many immigrants stay and make Manitoba their new home. The federal government should not dismantle a program that has been so in successful in strengthening our communities and the future of all Canadians," said Hanley.

UFCW Local 832 has worked diligently over the years increasing its English as an additional language courses for its members. Along with building a state-of-the-art training centre in Brandon and opening up a training centre in Neepawa to meet the needs of new members who are working in Brandon and Neepawa.

UFCW Local 832 is Manitoba's largest private sector union with over 15,000 members across the province. UFCW Canada is the largest private sector union with over 250,000 members from coast to coast.

Contact Information

  • UFCW Local 832
    Blake Crothers
    Director of Communications
    (204) 480-4930 (office) or (204) 479-3977 (cell)
    blake.crothers@ufcw832.com