Masterfeeds Edmonton Members Ratify New Contract

UFCW Local 401 members working at Masterfeeds in Edmonton have overwhelmingly ratified a new, three-year Union Contract. An animal feed mill serving the farming community in Northern Alberta, Masterfeeds’ Edmonton plant is situated at the foundation of a key area in the province’s celebrated diverse economic recovery: the food industry.

Highlights of the Agreement include:

  • Annual wage increases of 2%, 2%, and 2.25% respectively in each year of the Agreement;
  • Improvements to premium rates, boot allowances, and bereavement leave;
  • Introduction of a direct pay prescription drug card;
  • Improved language on members’ representational rights;
  • Introduction of a sunset clause for discipline, and a dignity and respect clause;
  • Integration of statutory leaves of absence; and more.

“There’s a lot to be proud of in this Agreement, both in terms of process and outcome,” says union negotiator, Michael Hughes. “Our members were seeking a balance between modest increases in wages and benefits, and improvements in their voice and visibility in the workplace. They also want the plant to succeed through a trying time. Our committee hit all the major points.”

With 18 facilities across Canada, the London, Ontario-based Masterfeeds was purchased by Kentucky-based Alltech in 2015. It is thought that the merger will bring both economies of scale and know-how to the Canadian feed business. Alltech is known for its innovation in the animal health industry and is emerging as a global player, operating in 128 countries.

The United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 401 is the largest private sector union in Alberta. After merging with UFCW Local 1118 in late 2017, UFCW Local 401 represents approximately 32,000 members in a broad range of industries and sectors. Primarily working in retail food sales and production, UFCW Local 401 members also work in the healthcare, gaming, distilling, oil and gas, hospitality, and warehousing sectors.