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Employees at Winnipeg’s Stella’s Sherbrook vote to join union

Workers at the Stella's location at 116 Sherbrook St. have voted to join a local union. Marek Tkach / Global News

Employees at the Stella’s Sherbrook restaurant in Winnipeg have voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

They become the second group of Stella’s workers to do so this week, joining employees at the chain’s Osborne location.

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“We congratulate all of the hard work and effort these members have put in over the last few weeks,” said Jeff Traeger, president of UFCW Local 832.  “We look forward to sitting down with everyone in the new year to start the process of building a better Stella’s.”

Sixty-eight employees at the Sherbrook location will join 29 of their colleagues from the Osborne restaurant in the union.

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Recently, more than 100 complaints of bullying and sexual harassment at the restaurant surfaced on social media.

Two top executives were dismissed after an internal investigation.

In a statement, Stella’s said:

“We respect the results of the votes that have taken place at two Stella’s locations. We continue to work with our staff at all Stella’s locations as we implement our new Respectful Workplace Policy and create a human resources department that will report directly to us.

“Our priority is ensuring that we have a respectful, supportive and healthy workplace where employees can thrive and grow in a safe, positive environment.”

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