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Winnipeg Harvest food bank ‘blindsided’ by staff unionization vote

Winnipeg Harvest food bank ‘blindsided’ by staff unionization vote

Food bank negotiating collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees

Managers at Winnipeg’s largest food bank are reeling after a vote by staff members to unionize and still trying to find out the concerns of employees, they say.

“We were pretty blindsided. Actually, not pretty — we were blindsided,” said Winnipeg Harvest managing director Kate Brenner.

“It was quite a shock. To say we were surprised and speechless and a little sad would be an understatement.”

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