Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MBA-Second-Language-Plant

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MBA-Second-Language-Plant

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BRANDON, Man. - The United Food and Commercial Workers says federal funding for an English-language program for workers at a Manitoba meat-packing plant could be largely scaled back or possibly cut out altogether.

The U-F-C-W, which represents unionized staff at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon, says Ottawa has served notice that the money may disappear by the end of June.

The union currently offers stage one and most of stage two English-language training that's funded by the U-F-C-W, the federal government and Maple Leaf.

Local 832 president Jeff Trager says about 200 people, including workers and their families, use the program each year.

He says the union has been running the classes for more than a dozen years and has graduated 15-hundred people, including some who have gone on to open their own businesses in the region. …

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