Tree fruits co-op reaches deal

BC Tree Fruits Cooperative and Union UFCW Local 247 have confirmed the framework of a seven-year term contract agreement

  • Oct. 11, 2013 3:00 p.m.

BC Tree Fruits Cooperative and Union UFCW Local 247 have confirmed the framework of a seven-year term contract agreement.

BCTF is excited to announce the conclusion of an agreement that provides long-service employees the opportunity to continue their contracts with the cooperative.

BCTF entered union negotiations one year prior to the current contract expiry to most effectively address union concerns, and reached an agreement that supported both union employees and the growth goals of the cooperative as a whole.

“The new contract provides increased job security and employment opportunities for over 400 hourly employees across the Okanagan as well increased flexibility and productivity for management,” said BCTF CEO Alan Tyabji.

The framework of the seven-year agreement was agreed upon on Oct. 3.

and the details of the contract are continuing to be developed by union and management leaders.

“We are extremely pleased with the terms of the agreement which support the future growth and long term goals of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative,” said Tyabji.

BC Tree Fruits Industries Limited is part of the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative and is owned by 520 local grower families. The organization markets and distributes a variety of BC-grown fruit including apples, pears, cherries, peaches, apricots, prune plums and blueberries. BC Tree Fruits’ head office is based in Kelowna.