Labatt Brewery Collective Agreement

During this period, the local struggled with a five-week freeze on its entire brewery affiliation and was able to acquire significant job security and safeguards for technological change. The protests protested Harris` cuts to education and health, as well as malicious changes to the Ontario Labor Relations Act. Changes in labour law have significantly complicated the organization of new groups of workers and decertified and removed all lawyers from the collective agreements we negotiated for them. a wider arsenal (financial, political and legislative) at its disposal. Despite 105 years of change, the Union`s objective remains unchanged – to make the lives of our members richer, safer and more fulfilling. “The pandemic has once again drawn attention to poor working conditions in the brewing industry and SEIU Local 2 is strengthening to reach these workers,” said Dave Bridger, President of SEIU Local 2. “SEIU Local 2 has its roots in the brewing industry. It was founded in 1902 as a union of brewery workers. We are reconnecting to our roots, and we have deployed considerable resources to help craftsmen create a union in their workplace in the years to come. Labatt sellers like McLachrie have taken seriously their responsibility to drive sales. They worked long hours during the Great Depression for a salary of thirty-one dollars a week plus bonuses based on their sales. Labatt`s chief executive, Hugh Mackenzie, was aware that the Liquor Control Board had not approved direct commissions, so the brewery developed an innovative bonus incentive system.

Sellers then competed for the ranks in the largest and most prosperous urban centres, such as Hamilton, where taverns sold relatively large quantities of beer. Despite the success of the boycott, the closure of Fleet Street Brewery and the loss of nearly 500 of the highest paid members were a blow to the Union.