Loblaw workers in Manitoba ratify new deal.

October 20, 2013

On October 20, 2013 at voting locations across Manitoba, UFCW Local 832 members working at Superstore and Extra Food locations throughout the province ratified a new five-year deal by 91.4 per cent.
The members have been waiting anxiously to hear the details of their tentative agreement that was reached on September 26. In order to assist UFCW locals in Alberta and Saskatchewan who were bargaining with Loblaw as well, Local 832 waiting until those provinces reached a tentative deal, and have since ratified.

The new deal will offer members a 13 per cent wage increase over the five years, increased full-time jobs and also more guaranteed hours for the workers.

The deal will also save over 400 jobs at Extra Foods and more stores will open across the province under the agreement protecting senior workers at new banners that will be opened in existing and former Extra Food locations.
With the store conversions, Loblaw agreed to invest $3 million in buyouts for employees with a minimum of 100 buyouts for members.

“We listened to our members at proposal meetings, in surveys and in the store. They wanted wage increases, more guaranteed hours, pension security, increase in benefits, buyouts and protection from store conversions,” said UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger.

The new deal will take effect starting October 21, 2013. Members will receive retroactive pay for the wage increases going back to September 28, 2013 when their previous contract expired.

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