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UFCW 1006A members at the Broadbent Institute ratified a new union contract with significant gains.

The term of the contract is from May 31, 2024 to July 1, 2027 and covers 15 members.  

The negotiating committee included members, Luke LeBrun, Emily Leedham and Kat Mockler Director Gord Albert and Union Representative, John Conway. 
 “We’re grateful for the time and energy our UFCW 1006A representatives put into listening to our member’s' thoughts and concerns,” said Luke LeBrun, who is the editor of the institute’s independent media outlet, PressProgress. “Their wisdom and negotiating experience helped us get the best deal possible.”
President Wayne Hanley congratulated the committee and membership on the new contract.
“We are proud to represent our members at the Broadbent Institute, whose do exceptional work advancing progressive and social-democratic principles,” said President Wayne Hanley. “The hard work of the committee and support of the membership were vital in achieving significant gains and improvements for our members at the Broadbent Institute.” 
LeBrun spoke highly of the contract. 
“This contract secures significant raises for workers at the Broadbent Institute and PressProgress and ensures all classifications of workers receive a living wage, but it also improves our workplace culture with new agreements on issues of equity and diversity, work-life balance and professional standards,“ he said. 
LeBrun said he was personally proud that negotiators succeeded in enshrining the editorial independence of PressProgress in the new union contract. 
“This contract shows the Broadbent Institute is serious about producing professional, high-quality journalism, and it shows deep respect for our small team of journalists,” he said. 

  • Annual wage increases
  • Increased vacation entitlements 
  • Improved overtime entitlements and language
  • Improved bereavement leave
  • Paid religious leave and holy days
  • Improved sick day language
  • Improved mental health/therapy benefits  
  • Editorial independence language

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