After a week of touring Save-On-Foods stores and talking with members, the UFCW 1518’s negotiating committee is set to return to the bargaining table on Monday.
Negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement were suspended after parent company Overwaitea Food Group failed to meaningfully respond to the union’s proposals.
“After 40 days of negotiations, things had not moved even close to where they should be by this point in the process,” said President Ivan Limpright. “Both sides had committed to interest-based bargaining, but in order for that to work there has to be meaningful discussion and movement on the issues and that just was not happening.”
President Limpright added: “I do believe Overwaitea wants to get an agreement. Now it’s time to show us they’re serious about it.”