The Oral History Centre and UFCW Local 832 have partnered on an ambitious oral history project to document the history of the union in Manitoba. Beginning in early 2012 retired and current members of the union were interviewed, as well as photographs and other archival material was gathering together to create a permanent record of the union’s presence in Manitoba.
UFCW represents workers in the retail, meat packing, and garment industries. The UFCW Local 832 is a local union of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. It represents workers at a variety of workplaces in Winnipeg and elsewhere in Manitoba, Canada. It has a heavy representation in the service and retail sector. Local 832 can be considered a 'mega-local', or a union local consisting of a large number of workers and workplaces. This is due to a long series of mergers between UFCW locals in Manitoba. It is this diversity that gives local 832 its rich history that stretches back nearly 100 years with the meat packing, brewery and retail clerks union locals in Winnipeg.
Scott Price, graduate in the OHC programme, is the lead researcher and interviewer for the project working under the direction of Nolan Reilly and Alexander Freund at the OHC. Kent Davies is the technical advisor.
The project podcasts and videos can be viewed by clicking on the story tabs or by visiting the UFCW Local 832 website.