Migrant farm workers can unionize

Manitoba labour board ruling first of its kind in Canada
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/09/2007

Foreign farm workers at a Portage La Prairie, Man., fruit and vegetable farm are the first in Canada to be able to join a union.

The Manitoba Labour Board ruled on Tuesday that dozens of migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, at Mayfair Farms could form a union with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

"We're pleased with the board's decision," UFCW Canada Local 832 president Robert Ziegler said in a statement. "The decision shows that seasonal workers who come to our province to work will be offered the same protection as Canadian workers working beside them."