The Canadian Labour Congress Passes Resolution Calling on their 3 million Members to Boycott Arterra Wines Products
The Canadian Labour Congress passed an Emergency Resolution today
calling on its national membership to boycott all Arterra Wines
products, including products sold at Wine Rack stores. A
communication to commence the boycott will be sent to the CLC’s 3
million members’ households next Monday, June 21st.
Wine Rack workers, members of SEIU Local 2, have been on strike
since June 7th. Workers are continuing to picket stores throughout
Toronto, while Arterra Wines recruits scab labour in an effort to
break the strike. Arterra Wines’ approach in this dispute amounts
to nothing less than crass union busting tactics.
These actions are in line with Arterra Wines’ history of
complete disregard for workers’ rights. In May 2021, Arterra Wines
was reprimanded by Arbitrator Randi H. Abramsky for
denying the Union the ability to communicate bargaining messages to
members in the store. This is an addition to an Unfair Labour
Practice claim against Arterra under review by the Labour Board. On
June 16th, SEIU Local 2 submitted a Human Rights Complaint on
behalf of a Wine Rack worker who has suffered wage discrimination
based on his physical disability.
We hope that the labour movement will stand in solidarity with
Wine Rack workers and boycott all Arterra Wines’ products and
brands until a fair resolution to the dispute is reached.
More details can be found at TeachersForJustice.ca
SEIU Local 2 represents workers in Nova Scotia, Ontario,
Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia.