The UFCW Advantage
UFCW Local 832 is Manitoba's biggest private sector union with 19,000 members across the province. All members of UFCW Local 832—regardless of where they work—have a team of reps and staff constantly working on their behalf. Our full-time negotiators win some of the best collective agreements in Manitoba. Full-time union representatives visit workplaces to make sure that every member gets all of their benefits, and that they’re always treated fairly and with dignity by their employers.
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UFCW Local 832 is a member-driven organization. Elections happen every few years for the president, secretary-treasurer, and vice-presidents to serve on the executive board. Every member of the Local can vote—and run—in these elections. We work hard to make sure that the members who are elected represent the broad workplace experiences of our members.
Besides leading the largest private sector union in Manitoba, Jeff also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Manitoba Federation of Labour. He also represents the interests of working Manitobans as a member of the Labour Management Review Committee.
Nationally, Jeff represents Manitoba on the UFCW National Defence Fund, where he is an administration and audit committee member. He is a member of the UFCW Canada National Council and an Advisory Committee member for the UFCW International Union headquartered in Washington D.C.
Jeff chairs most of the Health & Welfare trust funds that provide benefits to Local 832 members. He is also a trustee on the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan, which includes over 300,000 members.
“Being the president for such a progressive organization gives me the opportunity to work with—and for—many good and talented people. It makes it possible for me to have a positive influence on people’s lives on a daily basis. That is truly an honour”.
Bea Bruske has been working for UFCW Local 832 in a full-time capacity since 1994. Previously, Bea was an activist working at SuperValu, which was a Loblaws-owned grocery store. While working at SuperValu, Bea became involved with union activities during the Westfair Foods strike of 1987. Following the strike, Bea took on roles as a shop steward, a health and safety committee member, and was elected to the Local’s executive board as a vice president.
Director of Operations
As a member of UFCW Local 832, Marie spent over five years working at St. Boniface General Hospital. A strong union supporter, Marie served as a shop steward at the hospital and was also active during a strike against the hospital in the fall of 2003. In addition to working at St. Boniface, Marie spent three years as a cashier and customer service clerk at Safeway store 712 (McPhillips and Leila) in Winnipeg.
Executive Assistant to the President
Blake spent a number of years in Sudbury, Ontario working for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) as a Special Projects Representative. In 2005, Blake was hired as the Communications Director for UFCW Local 832, producing the bi-monthly magazine, assisting reps with communication tools, maintaining the website, and dealing with media inquiries.
In 2016, Blake moved into the Negotiations Department, where he is responsible for the majority of industrial and warehousing collective agreements.
In 2019, Blake became the Executive Assistant to the President.