UFCW Local 832

UFCW Local 832

July 18, 2007 17:33 ET

Union meeting with Maple Leaf to negotiate closure agreement

Maple Leaf announces the closure of its Marion Street facility today

Attention: Agriculture Editor, City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINNIPEG, MB--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) - At 1:30pm today, Maple Leaf company officials announced that the Marion Street facility is slated to be closed on October 26, 2007. UFCW Local 832 President Robert Ziegler was on hand at the announcement today to also let the members know that the union along with two of the senior shop stewards at Marion Street will be meeting with the company immediately to negotiate a closure agreement.

"It's never good to see a company closing its doors, but I won't say that I'm shocked" stated UFCW Local 832 President Robert Ziegler. "The members at Marion Street and the union have been aware that the plant has been operating on borrowed time. It's the smallest and oldest of the plants they operate in Winnipeg."

Approximately 136 members work at the Marion Street location. The company stated it will be winding down its second shift on August 31st, but expects that it will need all employees to continue their work until the closure in late October.

With the increase of a second-shift at the Maple Leaf Brandon plant slated to be ready in September 2007 many members felt the Marion Street closure was coming.

The union is presently meeting with Maple Leaf company officials in Winnipeg and hope to announce the closure agreement quickly.

In Manitoba UFCW Local 832 represents over 15,000 working people. UFCW Canada represents over 240,000 working people.

IN: AGRICULTURE, FOOD, JUSTICE, LABOUR, POLITICS

Contact Information

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