Calgary – June 23, 2018 – UFCW Canada Local 401 members working at the Old Dutch Foods plant in Calgary have overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract that provides wage increases, new job classifications, and more.
The members slice, fry, spice, package, and ship Old Dutch potato chip products that can be found in grocery stores, gas stations, and vending machines across Canada.
As part of the new contract, 18 “casual” employees have been reclassified as “part-time,” which will result in immediate wage increases of more than $2 dollars per hour. The newly classified part-time members will also receive better benefits and enjoy full union representation, including the ability to file grievances.
Other highlights of the agreement include a retroactive wage increase of 1.5 percent in year one of the contract, followed by consecutive, yearly increases of 1.25 percent thereafter.
The union would like to thank the bargaining committee for all their efforts in this set of negotiations.
As the largest private sector union in Alberta, UFCW Canada Local 401 represents 32,000 members working in the retail, food, and beverage processing industries, as well as other sectors of the economy. To learn more about UFCW 401, visit their website.