MUN students’ union pulling potato chips

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Striking workers stand outside the Hartland, N.B. office of Covered Bridge Potato Chips. — UFCW photo

Union representing Covered Bridge workers applauding N.L. students’ move

The union representing striking Covered Bridge Potato Chips employees is cheering the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU) for reportedly halting its business with the company.

According to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), representing employees with the New Brunswick snack manufacturer, the local students’ union has said it is putting business with the chip company on hold, until ongoing negotiations for Covered Bridge workers are concluded.

The local students’ union is responsible for The Attic, a convenience store on the St. John’s campus where the chips are otherwise sold.

MUNSU is taking the same stance as the United Campus Labour Council at St. Thomas University, which includes the Union of Graduate Student Workers and several other affiliates, the UFCW states.

“The Covered Bridge Potato Chips workers were forced on strike on Jan. 5, 2016, after making repeated attempts — over a two-year period — to negotiate a first contract with the employer.”

About half of the workers at Covered Bridge’s factory in Hartland, N.B. have gone on strike.

"It really means a lot to us to have the support of students and post-secondary staff in New Brunswick, in Newfoundland and we have been very inspired by the growing number of people in the Maritimes and throughout Canada and even the United States, who are joining this important campaign for fairness and vowing not to buy Covered Bridge Potato Chips until the strike is over," UFCW Canada Local 1288P president Dan Smith said in a statement.

Organizations: United Food, Commercial Workers, The Attic United Campus Labour Council St. Thomas University Union of Graduate Student Workers

Geographic location: Covered Bridge, New Brunswick, Hartland Newfoundland Canada United States

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  • benny
    January 28, 2016 - 13:42

    you guys should be ashamed that u support a union which is going to destroy another business as this company is growing and expanding. the employees that want union will only loose their job then and if they do get the contract the union will take most or all their increase in wages for dues.in the end the company will likely be put out of business. shame on you students.

  • Joe
    January 25, 2016 - 15:54

    This is a silly action taken. So when Kraft, Cadbury, Kellogg's or any other companies go on strike you will pull these items of the shelves. It's good to know that if any of you get laid off you can count on the employees of Covered Bridge Potato to go on strike to support you until you get rehired! Haha. Don't hold your breath.

  • Jeff
    January 21, 2016 - 14:06

    It's called solidarity. It's also called seeing a world past your own nose. Well done MUNSU.

  • Jordan
    January 21, 2016 - 12:21

    Munsu acted on its own without consultation with the student body they claim to represent. The Attic doesn't sell that many bags of chips anyway.

  • Relevance
    January 21, 2016 - 11:44

    What has this New Brunswick company or its unionised employees ever done for Memorial University of Newfoundland? Sponsorships? Scholarships?? No.

    • S
      January 23, 2016 - 09:40

      Right, because you should only help people when there's something to gain. What a great outlook on life. Why give to charity? Why volunteer? Why help someone cross the street? Never help someone until you get yours. What a great outlook on life you must have.