New Contract Brings Wage Increases to Maple Leaf Poultry Workers
Edmonton—A new collective agreement has been ratified by members of CLAC Local 56 employed by Maple Leaf Poultry in chicken processing.
The 400 workers voted 69 percent in favour of the three-year contract, after a previous ratification vote sent the bargaining committee back to the table. Industry-leading wage increases are a highlight of the new agreement. There are also improvements in benefit coverages, job posting language, health and safety practices, and the protection of bargaining unit work.
“This was a challenging set of negotiations,” said CLAC representative Melanie St Andrews. “The restrictions of COVID-19 made us be creative in meeting and communicating with the membership. In the end, we were glad to bring a deal that would see industry-leading wages to these essential workers."