First collective agreement in Canada specifically for migrant agricultural workers negotiated by UFCW Canada Local 1518
The UFCW Canada Local 1518 has posted an article on its website announcing what it is calling the first collective agreement in Canada specifically for migrant agricultural workers. The website goes on to note:
- the migrant workers work at Sidhu & Sons Nursery in Abbotsford BC;
- the workers are primarily from Mexico and Jamaica;
- they come to Canada each year under the federal government's Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP);
- a unique feature of the collective agreement is that it is specifically for the migrant workers at Sidhu & Sons, rather than the entire workforce; and
- the collective agreement provides the migrant workers with, among other things, a grievance procedure, seniority rights, recall rights, paid breaks, increased vacation pay, and a wage increase.
The history of this case before the BC Labour Relations Board was long and drawn out, as evidenced by the following: read more »
In Grain Workers' Union, Local 333 v. B.C. Terminal Elevator Operations' Association, 2009 FCA 201, the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed a decision of the Canada Industrial Relations Board that the definition of "strike" in the Canada Labour Code does not infringe on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
A summary of the case by law firm Roper Greyell can be found here.