We have good news to share with Safeway members: Arbitrator Mark Brown ruled in favour of UFCW 1518 in the first stage of the arbitration case with Sobeys. Arbitrator Brown agreed with UFCW 1518 that Sobeys only has to make a profit over a 12 month period, paving the way for more stores in Appendix B to move to Appendix A.
This ruling is a crucial step to getting wages and benefits like ATOs and funding for Grid B benefits restored for our members at Appendix B Safeway stores. The next step will be reviewing Sobey’s financial records in each Appendix B store to determine which stores are profitable.
“We welcome Arbitrator Brown’s ruling on this matter,” said President Kim Novak. “This is a big win for our Safeway members and a big step towards restoring their hard-earned wages and benefits. Our members have been very patient throughout this process and we look forward to finalizing it, and bringing good news to them, as soon as possible.”
We will follow up with more details as we have them. We are currently in the process of booking meeting dates for a financial review as well as additional hearing dates with Arbitrator Brown so we can keep advancing our case. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information or get in touch with your Union Representative.