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Migrant workers say adios to union

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

Staff photo by Angela Brown ... Heladio Martinez Perez, a migrant worker at Mayfair Farms (Portage) Ltd., is pictured at the farm in Portage la Prairie's Island Park Wednesday. Perez is thrilled the workers' union has been decertified.

Staff photo by Angela Brown ... Heladio Martinez Perez, a migrant worker at Mayfair Farms (Portage) Ltd., is pictured at the farm in Portage la Prairie's Island Park Wednesday. Perez is thrilled the workers' union has been decertified.

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.

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.

abrown@cpheraldleader.com

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