(August 22, 2019) Dauphin Co-op’s employees are scheduled to vote on a new collective agreement after over five months of negotiations. The United Food and Commercial Workers(UFCW) Local 832, which represents a large portion of Dauphin Co-op’s workforce, has scheduled a vote of Co-op’s offer on August 25, 2019.
“We’ve provided an offer that we believe is fair to our employees, including retroactive wage increases and other enhancements to the collective agreement,” said Lorne Eiffert, General Manager of Dauphin Co-op. “We’re happy that our employees will have a chance to see and vote on this new offer and we hope the vote will result in an agreement.”
Dauphin Co-op and UFCW Local 832 have met for 10 days of bargaining since March 2019 to negotiate changes to a collective agreement that expired June 30, 2018. On July 7, 2019, UFCW members voted 75 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.
Eiffert clarified that it will be employees and the UFCW Local 832 who decide to strike, not the Co-op. “Since the Union obtained a strike mandate, we have made preparations to ensure we can continue to serve our members and community in the event the Union and employees choose to strike.”
“We’ve been working with UFCW for many years and have always seen them as a partner in our success,” said Eiffert. “We’re confident an agreement can be reached without a labour disruption.”
Employees are encouraged to take time to vote on August 25. Updates about the results of this vote will be shared on www.dauphinco-op.crs.
About Dauphin Co-op:
Dauphin Co-op is a retail co-operative that has proudly served Dauphin/ St Rose Du Lac and area for more than 80 years. Today, Dauphin Co-op serves more than 10,000 members and operates 8 locations. Since 2014, Dauphin Co-op has returned more than $15 million to its members in cash back and equity and paid over $28 million in wages, while contributing over $600,000 to community organizations and initiatives.
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General Manager, Dauphin Co-op