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A new contract is in place for workers at Brandon's Maple Leaf plant

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: January 13, 2020 13:29

new contract brings lots of improvements

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Employees at Brandon's Maple Leaf plant have a new deal in place.

On Sunday (Jan 12), UFCW 832 members, working for Maple Leaf, voted yes to ratifying their new contract by 89%.

In a press release, President of UFCW Local 832, Jeff Traeger said, "Our bargaining committee did an outstanding job during negotiations. This new contract will directly address many of the issues that our members were concerned about in the plant, and bring meaningful steps towards fixing the culture of the workplace."

Included in the new contract:

Wages that are well above the rate of inflation.
An additional $500,000 to go towards the reclassification of jobs.
Over $1.4 million in new pension payments that will complete the repayment from the previous pension plan.
For the first time ever, workers at Maple Leaf will be able to bank their overtime to be used as personal days, and any unused days will be paid out at the end of the year. This is the first of it’s kind at any Maple Leaf plant in Canada.
A new joint employment project that will where persons with disabilities will be hired and supported. The first of it’s kind in the pork-production industry.

UFCW 832 represents 1900 workers at Maple Leaf who work on the kill and cut operations.

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