Alberta Mirror

Cargill announces lockout warning to the crew at one of Canada’s biggest beef-processing factories

Key takeaways: 

  • Union for operators at High River factory in southern Alberta had told COVID health and safety matters. 
  • Workers at the factory continue to have COVID-related health and protection affairs, states the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

Workers at factories have covid safety concerns: 

A report from Cargill, given by the union representing workers with COVID health and safety matters, states the firm will be bolting out workers at the High River, Alta., a plant that had earlier decided to strike if they can’t settle in just over a week.

A report from the organization’s vice president of labour relations, Tanya Teeter — collected and made public by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 — says Cargill plans to begin a complete lockout of all workers in the agreement unit described by UFCW at the meat-packing factory as of 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6. 

“A lockout ends your union contract and can grant an employer to ask employees return to work under the situations that the employer desires,” UFCW Local 401 president Thomas Hesse stated in a statement.  Source – cbc.ca

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Firm spokesperson Daniel Sullivan verified the lockout notice Thursday, which follows with the strike notice deadline earlier agreed to the firm. He said the firm and the union will be assembling again on Nov. 30.

“Our crew in High River is one of the finest workforces over Canada, and our offered reflects their tremendous skill and dedication. Unfortunately, we have yet to reach a deal,” Sullivan penned in an emailed comment.  Source – cbc.ca

“We are willing to keep meeting to ignore any labour disruption which is in no one’s best interest during an already tough time.”  Source – cbc.ca

“While we navigate this talk, we continue to concentrate on fulfilling food manufacturer, retail and foodservice customer demands while keeping markets moving for farmers and ranchers. If necessary, we will move production to other facilities within our broad supply chain footprint to reduce any disturbances ” Sullivan added.  Source – cbc.ca

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