Workers at Safeway ratify new contract

March 25, 2018

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, UFCW Local 832 members working at Safeway voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new four-year collective agreement with Sobeys. Thanks to an overwhelming strike mandate, the bargaining committee was able to protect the rights and benefits that Safeway employees have fought for over the years and push back against major concessions.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our bargaining committee and our members for giving us such a strong strike mandate that made this deal possible,” said Jeff Traeger, president of UFCW Local 832. “This is our first full round of negotiations with Sobeys since they took over ownership of the Safeway brand in Western Canada, and they were pushing hard for major concessions since day one, it wasn’t until the final hours of bargaining that we were able to make serious movement and come up with a tentative agreement that works for both sides.”

It’s been an uphill battle dealing with Sobeys and the current financial reality. The new contract protects the memberships main desire to keep what they earned over the years, such as no-cost benefits, dental plan, and seniority rights. This agreement builds upon those protections with wage gains in the third and fourth year of the contract.

“Knowing the realities that the company faces, our bargaining committee got the best contract possible,” said Jeff.

UFCW Local 832 represents roughly 2200 workers at Safeway stores across Manitoba.

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