Alix, Alta. – December 21, 2020 – UFCW Local 401 members working at Rahr Malting have achieved a new and improved union contract that provides wage increases, a signing bonus, and more.
The food processing workers at Rahr Malting proudly produce world class malt, made from Canadian barley and wheat, for beer and spirit makers throughout North America and beyond. The Rahr facility is a relatively small operation with many long-term employees, which has created a close, family feel among staff.
Negotiations were concluded rather quickly and without issue. While there are always differing views on what ought to be in the collective agreement, employees felt the company’s offer got them where they wanted to be.
“The workers were pleased the employer did not demand takeaways,” UFCW 401 Lead Negotiator Joe Irving reports. “They offered a signing bonus and wage increases in the second and third years of the contract, which have given these incredible workers labour peace for another three years,” he adds.
There was also an increase to the boot allowance, as well as other improvements, like ensuring Shop Stewards or a Union Representative are present for new hire orientations and improved flexibility in flex day usage for employees.
To read more about the new union contract at Rahr Malting, click here.
UFCW Local 401 is Alberta’s largest private-sector union, representing 32,000 members working in diverse sectors of the economy, including food processing, retail, education, entertainment, health care, and hospitality. To learn more about UFCW 401 and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
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