A lockout of 160 union employees at the Canada Bread Company commercial bakery in Langley has ended, the company said.
A statement issued by the company said a new contract between Canada Bread Company Limited and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 468 was ratified by the membership on May 25, ending the lockout that began April 1.
The statement did not give details of the settlement, saying only that ” … all monetary and non-monetary items within the Collective Bargaining Agreement have been successfully resolved, including matters of critical importance to the long-term viability of the bakery.”
During the lockout, the BCTGM said the new owners of Canada Bread, Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, Canada Bread has been pushing hard to reduce benefits.
The company said it will “ramp up operations over the next two weeks, during which time we will gradually bring associates back to work.”
Picketing members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) told The Times the ratification comes after the company filed an application with the Labour Relations Board to force a vote on proposed contract rollbacks, then apparently withdrew the application.
Picketer Larry Pritchard said the withdrawn offer was worse than anything the company had proposed during actual talks.
The Langley bakery employs 200, 160 of whom are in the bargaining unit represented by BCTGM.
Canada Bread employs 4,200 at 18 locations across the country.
It bakes brand-name products like Dempster’s, Villaggio, POM, Bon Matin, Ben’s, McGavins and Vachon.