Winnipeg – January 4, 2019 – Hospitality workers at two Stella’s cafes in Winnipeg, Manitoba are the newest members of UFCW Canada Local 832 after recently voting to join the union. Stella’s is a local chain of cafes that serves baked breads, soups, jams, and sandwiches for dine-in or take-away.
The nearly 100 restaurant employees work as servers, dishwashers, cooks, hosts, and baristas at the Stella’s locations on Sherbrook and Osborne streets in Winnipeg. Workers at the Osborne café joined the union to address harassment, inappropriate behaviour, and other long-standing issues in the workplace, while employees at the Sherbrook location voted “UFCW YES!” in order to build a better Stella’s going forward.
“The credit for the Osborne organizing drive goes entirely to the employees at Stella’s, and those who started the Not My Stella’s campaign,” says UFCW Canada Local 832 President Jeff Traeger, referring to the worker-led social media campaign that shined a light on inappropriate behaviour and unfair labour practices at the Osborne location. “It takes great courage to stand up to your employer, and the strength these workers have shown is extraordinary,” Traeger adds.
“We are also extremely happy that workers at the Sherbrook location were able to carry their organizing momentum forward and join the union,” says the UFCW 832 leader. “We would like to congratulate all of the hard work and effort that workers at both locations have put in over the last few weeks, and we look forward to sitting down with everyone in the new year to start the process of building a better Stella's in 2019 and beyond.”
UFCW Canada Local 832 is Manitoba’s largest private sector union, representing over 18,000 members in a wide variety of industries, including the retail food, health care, food processing, security, industrial, textile, and transportations sectors. To learn more about UFCW 832, visit their website.
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