Vice-President, UFCW Canada National Council
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Canada Local 832
Over the past three decades, Bea Bruske has served workers and families as an activist, workers’ advocate, negotiator, community organizer and union labour leader.
Bea’s passion for the rights of working people was ignited in 1987, when she and her UFCW Local 832 co-workers held the line strong for 164 days to achieve a fair contract at the Westfair grocery chain in Manitoba. Over the next seven years, Bea took on roles as a shop steward, health and safety committee member, and was elected by her fellow members as a vice-president of the Local’s executive board.
In 1994, Bea was hired as a full-time union representative, and later, full-time negotiator. Over two decades, she serviced and bargained for tens of thousands of Local 832 members in the health care, food production, retail, non-profit and security sectors.
In 2011, Bea Bruske was elected UFCW Local 832 Secretary-Treasurer. In her role as Secretary-Treasurer, Bea is responsible for administering the largest private-sector local union in Manitoba, with 20,000 members. She also continues as a negotiator — bargaining contracts with some of Canada’s largest cross-country employers.
Nationally, Bea Bruske is a Vice-President of the UFCW Canada National Council, which sets the strategic direction for the national union and its more than 250,000 members across the country.
In addition, Bea is a member of the UFCW Canada National Council Human Rights, Equity and Diversity Committee; a trustee on a number of health and welfare trust funds; served as trustee on the Manitoba Council of Health Care Union HEPP (Health Employee Pension Plan); three terms on the Manitoba Federation of Labour executive board, as well as an employee representative to the Manitoba Labour Board from 2007 to 2018. Bea is also member of the executive board of the Manitoba NDP and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Labour Studies.