UFCW 1518 is excited to announce that eight Safeway locations will be moving off of Appendix B on September 27, 2020.
In July 2020, the Union won a key arbitration on the definition of profitability at Safeway – if a store has made money over a rolling 12 months the arbitrator ruled it is profitable. The decision ordered the parties to meet to do a financial review as a first step.
On August 31 and September 9, the parties met to review financials, and as a result, the following eight Safeway locations will be moving off of Appendix B on September 27, 2020:
Store #126 / 4946 – Terrace
Store #93 / 4936 – Shaughnessy
Store #44 / 4913 – Kensington
Store #42 / 4911 – Burnaby Heights
Store #38 / 4909 – Caulfield
Store #58 / 4917 – McBride
Store #2271 / 4974 – Cranbrook
Store #170 / 4960 – Downtown Kelowna
Employees in these stores will have the following reinstated effective September 27, 2020:
- A.T.O. entitlement and accrual for full-time Grid A employees
- Part-Time rate of pay for part-time Grid A employees
- Full Employer Contributions for Grid B Benefits
- Health Safety and Education Fund Contributions
While UFCW 1518 is pleased to see the reinstatement of these benefits in eight stores, there is more work to be done. The union will be meeting with Sobeys again on September 28, 2020, to review financials from the last quarter (May, June, and July), and will continue to push for more stores to move off of Appendix B. If UFCW 1518 and Sobeys are unable to reach an agreement, the union will refer those stores back to Arbitrator Mark Brown to make a ruling.
“After a long process, we’re pleased that members at eight more stores, in addition to the three that were removed earlier this year, will have their benefits reinstated,” said UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak. “We are going to keep doing everything we can to get more members their benefits back as soon as possible and before the end of December 2021 when Appendix B expires.”