April 30, 2018
April 29, 2018
On Sunday, April 29, the UFCW Local 832 members working at Aryzta finished ratification meetings that took place over the weekend and voted 60 percent to reject the company’s final offer and go on strike. Workers will begin walking the picket line effective 8 a.m., Monday, April 30.
Workers at Aryzta need to report to the strike trailer at 8 a.m. where they will be given strike vests, and strike rules will be explained.
On meetings that took place March 3 and 4, members voted 96 percent to give the bargaining committee strike mandate if a fair deal could not be reached. A strike deadline was set for April 30th. The strike mandate helped move bargaining during the last round of talks but both sides couldn’t reach an agreement.
Workers at Aryzta mass-produce baked goods for sale to their customers, which consist of a mix of large retail, convenience and independent retail.
The main issues of contention are shift durations, and proposed wage increases.
“The members had concerns with working new hours, and the wages offered were not in line with the increased production workload that the workers have been taking on,” stated UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger.
UFCW Local 832 represents over 200 workers at Aryzta.