April 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Winnipeg, – Manitoba—Striking workers at the distillery that makes Crown Royal whiskey overwhelmingly rejected a new contract offer Apr. 1.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 President Jeff Traeger said in a statement that Diageo, the company that operates the plant, had made the workers a better offer than the one they rejected before the strike began March 5, but 81% voted no. Key issues include wages, pensions, long-term disability coverage, and vacation time, the union said. He said the union will wait 60 days and apply to the Manitoba provincial Labour Board for an independent arbitrator, who he expects will impose a one-year deal that would bring the 53 workers back on the job. “Nothing has gone to the bottling plant since the first week of March,” Traeger said. “This is the only plant that makes Crown Royal in the world.” Read more