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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 
Sobeys picks fight with Western Canada workers: UFCW locals stand in solidarity
Yesterday, on the first day of contract talks, Sobeys picked a fight with UFCW 832, tabling a proposal seeking massive concessions that would take money out of the pockets of grocery workers, some of whom are already struggling to make ends meet. Then the company walked away from the table, cancelling the rest of the week’s bargaining dates. Based in Manitoba, UFCW 832 represents 19,000 members working in retail, ...read more 
Minimum wage increase meets the bargaining table
UFCW 1518 members working at Kootenay Market in Elkford, BC ratified a collective agreement with a wage grid tied to the minimum wage – the first of its kind for the union. Since taking office last year, the BC NDP has raised the minimum wage once, with more increases expected this year. About 22 UFCW 1518 members overwhelmingly voted in favour of a five year deal that saw the ...read more