Why Join UFCW 832?

Unity Brings Strength

A union allows workers to negotiate as equals with their employer. On average, unionized workers earn 41.5% higher wages than non-union workers doing the same types of jobs, have safer workplaces, and have policies that protect them from abuse.


Strikes are Rare

A strike never takes place unless a majority of the workers affected vote to say that’s what they want to do. A union is a totally democratic organization.

Sometimes a union finds a strike is necessary to move negotiations forward, but that’s a rare occurrence. Over 98% of UFCW Local 832′s contracts are reached without a strike.

UFCW Local 832 never resorts to a strike when negotiating a first collective agreement. Other alternatives are available to achieve our members’ objectives without having to go on strike to win them.


Return on Union Dues: High

In most cases, UFCW Local 832 members’ union dues are less than one hour’s pay per week. For this small investment, we can work toward drastic improvement in wages, benefits, job security, and the respect you’re shown on the job.

Membership in UFCW Local 832 can help any worker who wants a better life.


How to Join UFCW 832?

If you’re interested in joining UFCW Local 832, contact Mike Howden:

1-888-832-9832 or email mike.howden@ufcw832.com

The process for becoming a member is just four steps:


Step 1 — You sign a UFCW application card.

If enough people in your workplace also sign cards, we can apply to the Manitoba Labour Board for certification of your workplace as
a unionized facility.


Step 2 — Your wish for union representation is confirmed.

If over 40 per cent of the total number of people in the proposed bargaining unit sign membership application cards, the Manitoba Labour Board will conduct an election in your workplace within five working days of the certification application being filed. If through their ballots a majority of your co-workers confirm their desire for union representation, your workplace will be certified as a UFCW Local 832 bargaining unit.


Step 3 — We negotiate your first union contract.

After your workplace is certified, work on getting a union contract begins. One of the first steps is a union proposals meeting which all members should to attend.

At that meeting, you’ll be able to discuss your ideas for what improvements are needed in your wages, working conditions, and benefits. A full-time professional negotiator, working with a committee of your co-workers, will then meet with your employer to discuss those improvements.


Step 4 — You vote to accept your first union contract.

When a tentative agreement is reached between your employer and the union, a meeting will be held to discuss the proposed agreement. After all of your questions have been answered, you will be asked to vote to accept or reject the agreement. The agreement will not be finalized and signed until the majority of workers have approved it by secret ballot.

In the case of a stubborn employer who tries to drag out negotiations for an unreasonable length of time, the union has the option of asking the Minister of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer to assist in talks. If an agreement still fails to be negotiated at the bargaining table, the union has the option of requesting the Manitoba Labour Board to impose a first agreement. This can avoid the possibility of a strike being necessary during negotiations for a first contract.

Overall, strikes by Local 832 members are rare. More than 95% of Local 832 negotiations result in a contract being reached at the bargaining table without having to resort to a strike.


If you'd like to learn more, please get in touch.