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Sobeys declares war on Safeway workers, collective agreement
Sobeys declared war on the collective agreement and its Safeway workers by tabling nothing but drastic concessions for a workforce already plagued by poverty wages and poor working conditions. This follows Sobeys’ announcement last week of the closure of 10 Safeway locations across the lower mainland, and UFCW 1518’s subsequent illegal lockout complaint to the BC Labour Relations Board. Negotiations for the re-opener of the 10-year agreement between UFCW 1518 ...read more 
Let the bargaining begin! Union & SOF meet to hammer out deal
UFCW 1518 met with Save-On-Foods as negotiations for the re-opener of the collective agreement got underway Friday. Bargaining committees for the union and the company met at UFCW 1518’s main office in New Westminster for the first of two dozen scheduled bargaining dates. The parties have committed to engage in interest-based collective bargaining, an approach that saw both sides make strides in the 2013 round of negotiations. Interest-based bargaining, ...read more 
Sobeys begins illegal lockout of hundreds of workers: union
Sobeys has begun an illegal lockout of more than 600 Safeway workers, according to a complaint filed by UFCW 1518 at the BC Labour Relations Board today. The complaint comes in the wake of Sobeys’ announcement that it will close 10 Safeway stores across the lower mainland. Sobeys further stated that it would consider re-opening five of those locations if the company received an “appropriate” collective agreement for FreshCo, ...read more 
Sobeys announces 10 store closures on eve of negotiations: Union won’t be bullied
Sobeys announced this morning that the company has earmarked 10 Safeway stores in British Columbia for permanent closure. Sobeys indicated that if it gets favourable terms and conditions for its FreshCo discount banner, it may open FreshCo stores at five of the closed Safeway locations. This comes on the eve of bargaining between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys for all of its Safeway stores in British Columbia. “This is an ...read more 
Bargaining committee gets to work; Sobeys cancels first meeting
The union bargaining committee met this week to review members’ proposals for the reopener of the collective agreement with Sobeys, which owns Safeway where more than 4500 UFCW 1518 members work. The committee is composed of nine Safeway members from different regions, job categories, wage grids, and seniority levels, as well as two staff negotiators and President Ivan Limpright. “Thousands of members submitted their ideas, solutions and proposals during ...read more