Central Alberta Co-op ratify a new deal

Sunday, August 8th, 2021, Red Deer, Alberta

On Sunday, members at Central Alberta Co-op approved a new five-year union contract with 90% in favour.

Some highlights of the new deal are: 

  • Signing bonuses of $1000 for Full-time, $500 Part-time, and $200 for Casual employees 
  • A 2% lump sum payment on last year’s wages 
  • Plus 4.5% wage increase over the next five years 

Moreover, 12 members were converted from casual, less ten 24 hours a week, with no benefits, to part-time 24 to 36 hours a week with benefits.

“We have to thank our amazing member-led bargaining team! They stayed firm throughout these negotiations, and without them, this deal would not have been possible,” remarked UFCW Local 401 negotiator Tony Evangelista. “Congratulations to the Central Alberta Co-op members for sticking to it and achieving a good agreement.”

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