Posted on 05/14/2021
On May 10, 2021, 86% of Wine Rack workers voted in favor of a strike. The workers are members of SEIU Local 2. The union says key issues include low wages, basic job security and fairness are all key issues. Wine Rack is owned by Arterra Wines Canada, Inc., a holding company owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Constellation Brands Canada was subsequently renamed Arterra Wines Canada and was acquired by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in 2016.
According to a union press release on May 11, 2021, “Workers say they are being asked to agree to terms that would not resolve a serious issue with their hours and job security. Current salaries and working conditions have translated into an astonishing 50% annual staff turnover rate. Workers are looking for a deal that will give them the opportunity to work enough hours at a fair wage. Wine Rack has so far refused to provide workers with this basic level of worthy work. In addition, management has come up with a manager-in-training program which workers say is a thinly veiled plan to further erode their hours, if not to gut their union altogether. “
Arterra Wines Canada operates eight wineries across Canada, with over 1,700 acres of premium vineyards in the wine regions of Canada. It owns and operates 164 Wine Rack retail wine stores in Ontario and sells wine kits and winemaking products through its RJS Craft Winemaking brand. In 2020, it employs approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time employees across Canada.
Keywords: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.