5-Year Contract Brings Gains

April 7, 2021 – Edmonton, AB – Recently, workers at Sofina Hatchery voted in favour of the employer’s offer of settlement for a new and improved Collective Agreement.

In addition to more than one year of full retroactive pay, employees will see wage increases in each year of the 5-year contract, which expired in February 2020.

There were increases to boot allowance, yearly dental coverage, and bereavement leave entitlements. Access to union education was also improved with a commitment by the employer to make annual contributions to the UFCW 401 Education and Training Fund.

In these times it is also important to have a close eye on ensuring the best safety practices in the workplace. In keeping with that priority, your union’s negotiating committee was successful in securing improved health and safety protections, as well as ensuring that the company will share information with your union representatives on matters involving your well-being.

Congratulations to the bargaining committee for your hard work in securing gains that all Sofina Hatchery workers can enjoy now and build on in years to come.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 401 is Alberta’s largest private-sector union with 32,000 members working in diverse sectors of the Alberta economy, including food processing, retail, education, entertainment, healthcare, and hospitality.