Safeway Bargaining - video update

February 8, 2018

Yesterday your union broke off talks with the Safeway (owned by Sobeys West Inc.). We sat down hoping to push towards a fair contract, but the company stated loud and clear, they are only interested in gutting your collective agreement. 

Check out the latest video update from President, Jeff Traeger.

Sobeys talks break down, union to push for a strike mandate

February 7, 2018

It is with great frustration that we have to announce we've broken off talks with the company. We sat down this morning hoping to get answers and to push towards a fair contract, but the company stated loud and clear, they are only interested in gutting your collective agreement.
They then resorted to the same bullying and intimidation tactics used in B.C., stating that they will be closing stores in Manitoba, but how many will depend on how much we agree to their terms.

Safeway Negotiations Update - February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

At 10 am this morning (Tuesday, February 6, 2018), we resumed negotiations with Safeway after a three-week delay.

The company is still seeking major concessions. We spent most of the morning going into detail, and we raised many questions about the need for these concessions.

We broke for the day at noon, and we will be reconvening tomorrow morning at 10 am when we hope the company returns with some answers to our questions.

We will provide another update later this week.


Update on Safeway Negotiations

January 29, 2018


Your bargaining committee was notified yesterday, Sunday, January 28, that the lead negotiator for Safeway had suffered a death in the family and would be unable to bargain with us for the four days we had scheduled for this week.

Your bargaining committee and I understand that this unfortunate tragedy makes cancelling bargaining unavoidable and we send our condolences to the negotiator and his family during this difficult time.

Sobeys Resorts to Shameless Bullying

January 24, 2018


Announces BC Store Closures Right Before Bargaining

Last week, Sobeys tabled a set of proposals that would ensure Safeway employees in Manitoba would lose much of what they currently have so the company can make more profits and yesterday it picked another fight in Western Canada.

In British Columbia, where bargaining is just set to start with UFCW Local 1518, Sobeys announced that it would be closing ten stores, showing just how little they care about their employees.

Company tables concessions then cancels bargaining

Sobeys West Inc. announces store conversions

December 13, 2017

Today, Sobeys announced that as part of a five-year plan, they would be converting almost 65 of its Safeway and Sobeys stores, in western Canada, to its discount chain, FreshCo.

What this could mean to you, as a UFCW member, is that any Safeway stores converted in Manitoba would operate under an entirely new contract.

 President Jeff Traeger stated, "Since Sobeys purchased the Safeway brand, the stores have been understocked, understaffed and underserviced. Our biggest concern with this announcement is that Sobeys will be trying to fix its mess by reducing labour costs."

UFCW announces Safeway Bargaining Committee

November 24, 2017

We are pleased to introduce you to your Safeway Bargaining Committee for this next round of contract negotiations with Sobey's West Inc.


At the Local, we have been busy setting out the groundwork for the first two rounds of negotiations, which will involve the Sobeys West Inc./Safeway and the Red River Co-op members, province-wide.

Open letter to all members working at Safeway

September 6, 2017

RE: Selection of the Bargaining Committee for the 2018 UFCW Local 832 & Sobeys West Inc. Negotiations

Dear Member,

Negotiations for the renewal of your contract with Safeway will take place late this year and early in 2018.  Your contract expires on March 17th, 2018 and as we have done in the past we intend to complete bargaining by no later than that date.

We expect that this round of talks will be more difficult than usual because of the poor performance of the company since Canada Safeway was taken over by Sobeys.

Sobeys Burrows Negotiations Continue

May 25, 2016

The union and the company negotiating committees have been able to come to an agreement on a number of issues on the list of proposals. However, there are still key subjects, including wage increase, that need to be addressed. The parties have set more bargaining dates for July.

The Local will update the members at Sobeys Burrows after the next round of negotiations in July.

Union negotiator Erin Selby said, “It has not been an easy at the bargaining table, but the union committee has been a strong voice for the members.”


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