Now, the farm workers have finally been able to decertify the union.
A group of migrant farm workers in Portage la Prairie that once made history by accepting a collective agreement and forming a union have now managed to break their ties and de-certify their union.Congrats to the workers at Mayfair for breaking the union shackles! The UFCW treated them as pawns in their broader campaign to force through unionization of seasonal migrant labour, regardless of whether the workers wanted to be members. Nice to see the good guys win one.
On June 25, a representation vote was held, and 26 employees cast their ballots against union membership in a unanimous decision.
As a result, on July 9, the Manitoba Labour Board revoked the workers' union that was originally certified on June 26, 2007.
Heladio Martinez Perez, one of the seasonal employees at Mayfair Farms Portage Ltd. from Veracruz, Mexico, who was opposed to forming a union from the start, was overjoyed to see the employees were able to now sever their relationship with the union and end the collective agreement.
Perez said the employees did not originally want a union, but were misled into signing the initial agreement through a misunderstanding.