Unifor’s strength in the manufacturing sector grew this morning as 375 workers at two plants in Winnipeg voted to join Unifor.
“This vote will give these workers greater strength in their industry and with their employer. With this vote, every worker at three plants in Winnipeg owned by the same employer will now be members of Unifor,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
The workers at Carfair and Frank Fair, two parts plants supplying Winnipeg’s New Flyer bus plant, voted Wednesday. The votes were counted this morning. Workers at Carfair were represented by Unifor, while Frank Fair workers were members of the United Steelworkers.
Wednesday’s vote was the workers’ chance to decide which union would represent them going forward as their companies merge and become part of the same parent company that owns New Flyer – where the workers are already members of Unifor Local 3003.
“The workers at Carfair and Frank Fair clearly saw the value in being part of a strong union and members of the same union that already represents workers at New Flyer,” Dias said.
The collective agreements at the two plants will remain in place until February 2020, when a new Unifor contract will be negotiated covering both operations.