Spring and summer are the perfect time for a barbecue. It’s also a perfect time for a strike at a beef producer.

Cargill knows this is a busy time of the year for them, but that it’s also a busy time of the year for their main customers at Loblaws and Wal-Mart.

Before we go on strike, we need to make sure that Cargill customers are worried about the impact the strike will have on their operation and their customers. One of the best tools we can use to put pressure on Cargill and their customers is a very strong strike vote. 

If Loblaws and Wal-Mart know that 98% or 100% of workers at Cargill Case-Ready are prepared to strike, who will they call and what do you think they will say?

It’s guaranteed they will call Cargill, and those will not be happy conversations. They will not like that their business is being affected by Cargill’s unwillingness to address the affordability crisis facing its workers.

Cargill can afford to provide you with a guarantee of hours and a wage increase that cover the cost of living.

We will need a strong strike vote from the membership before we go back to the bargaining table. Taking a strike vote does not mean you are guaranteed to go on strike. What it does mean is that you must prepare for the strike.

It also means that Cargill and their customers, Loblaws and Wal-Mart, need to prepare for a strike. We will be announcing a time for the strike vote soon.

For now, keep preparing to strike. Think about any major purchases and whether they can wait.

Vote yes to strike and send Cargill and their customers a message that they need to address the guarantee of hours and put real money on the table!

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa (e-mail:, cell: 587-578-9443) or Devin (e-mail:, cell: 403-680-4184).