Care Home Employees Picket for Better Pay

By Tyler Sutherland

UFCW Local 832Employees at Vista Park Lodge are hitting the picket line today to put pressure on their employer to come back to the bargaining table.

The UFCW Local 832 members will be joined by the Manitoba Federation of Labour along with various other unions in Manitoba.

“Our members have been left behind in wage increases over a number of years, and now the employer wants to contract out their jobs. They have been without a contract since March 2012, and have had enough,” said UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger.

The strike began September 14 when a picket line formed at the entrance to the personal care home.

Traeger says he would like to see the company not hide behind the Essential Services Act, which forces members to work during the dispute and come back to the table and offer a fair agreement.

The rally at 144 Novavista Drive will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.