BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: An ALS Ice Bucket Challenge signalled the merging of local Maple Leaf Foods employees with the larger Unifor 1090 union.
The roughly 100 employees of Port Perry’s Maple Leaf Foods plant, located on Old Simcoe Rd., were excited to announce that their union, Local 370, would be joining the larger Unifor 1090 on Thursday, August 28.
“The Local 370 was a small standalone union in Port Perry, who wanted more resources and a stronger bargaining power,” said Steve Batchelor, President of Unifor 1090.
“Unifor 1090 and Local 370 have been in talks over the past few months, and now it’s been put to an overwhelmingly positive vote.”
Unifor 1090, a Durham Region-based union of roughly 5,000 members, was formed by the amalgamation of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. Unifor 1090 also represents employees of the Great Blue Heron Casino on Scugog Island.
The group strongly advocates the personal involvement of its members, in order to allow workers better communication and more effective participation in the workplace.
According to Mr. Jeff Pett, Plant Manager of the Port Perry Maple Leaf Foods site, the company challenged its unionized staff represntatives to an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in order to make the sign over a fun occasion with a charitable aspect. Maple Leaf Foods executives and Unifor leaders have all taken part, and will be donating $10 per person who takes the plunge.
Kim Power, National Staff Representative for Unifor 1090, said that “The plant’s employees will greatly benefit from a larger collective bargaining group, and will be able to access the education and information offered by Unifor - it was a great day for everyone involved.”
For more information on Unifor 1090, visit www.cawlocal.ca/1090.