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Bargaining Update – EDEN VALLEY POULTRY

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On Sunday, November 18, Local 2216 ratified a new collective agreement with their employer, Eden Valley Poultry. Unifor represents 345 workers at the poultry processing plant in Berwick, Nova Scotia.

The three-year contract sees annual wage increases of 2 per cent, an additional sick day, overtime after eight hours’ work as well as other language changes.

Bargaining Update – MWF Local 1 ABCO Inc.

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Members at MWF Local 1 ratified an agreement with ABCO Inc. on November 26. The 4-year contract includes wage increases, increased boot allowance, stronger health and safety language and a boost to their pension.

There are 30 workers at the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia facility that manufactures aluminum boats, industrial and food service equipment.

Bargaining Update – EDEN VALLEY POULTRYY

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On Sunday, November 18, Local 2216 ratified a new collective agreement with their employer, Eden Valley Poultry. Unifor represents 345 workers at the poultry processing plant in Berwick, Nova Scotia.

The three-year contract sees annual wage increases of 2 per cent, an additional sick day, overtime after eight hours’ work as well as other language changes.

Will it be social finance or anti-social finance?

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When social finance is used to privatize public services, costs go up. In addition to investor profits, using social finance to privatize public services means new layers of bureaucracy.

Ottawa (03 Dec. 2018) — Depending on how it’s used, the newly announced Social Finance Fund will either be a useful tool for economic development or a hefty subsidy for a new form of privatization.

UFCW Statement on Amazon Expansion of Cashierless Technology to Whole Foods

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement regarding a report by the Wall Street Journal that Amazon is testing its Amazon Go technology in bigger stores with the possibility of introducing it into Whole Foods stores across the United States, potentially impacting thousands of workers.

“Amazon’s new push to aggressively expand their cashierless technology, likely to Whole Foods stores across the country, poses an existential threat to thousands of American jobs and our economy.

“Grocery stores already face pressure to use cashierless technology to stay competitive. Amazon ramping up their push to expand this technology and bring it to Whole Foods stores around the country would likely lead to smaller grocery chains being squeezed out of business, increased prices for consumers with fewer options, lower wages for workers, and potentially millions of lost jobs as stores are forced to further reduce costs.

“Our nation’s leaders must realize now that Amazon’s ruthless business model will lead to massive job losses that could cripple our entire economy. We must stand up and fight for the good-paying jobs our families and communities count on, before it’s too late.”

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

National Union supports Accessible Canada Act

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"We know that discrimination against people with disabilities is compounded when they are faced with additional forms of oppression, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism and colonialism. We cannot talk about one without addressing the others." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

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