No Frills members vote YES to their first collective agreement

Our nearly 550 members at No Frills locations across Manitoba have voted in favour of their first, standalone collective bargaining agreement (CBA). 

Prior to this, No Frills’ CBA was part of the larger Loblaw CBA that included the 3,500 members from Superstore. Finalizing an agreement with Loblaw to separate these two bargaining units allowed us to address and work through each group’s distinct concerns and provided both sides with a stronger voice at their respective bargaining tables. 

“Our bargaining committee members stayed focussed and worked very hard to achieve some major wins for all No Frills members,” says Marie Buchan, lead negotiator for No Frills bargaining and the union’s secretary treasurer. “This is their first contract focussed just on their needs and we’ve established a solid foundation that we can build on the next time we bargain.”

Your Bargaining Committee: Ron Allard (Executive Advisor to the President), Marie Buchan (Secretary-Treasurer and Lead Negotiator), Kelly Barr (3442), Roberta Hoogervorst (Union Rep), Daylon Vanthul (on screen – 7499), Florence Barr (3610), Debbie Rasmussen (7074) and Mike Howden (Union Rep).

The new five-year agreement includes:

  • Higher wages, including increases as high as $5.00/hour over the five-year term and signing bonuses up to $1000;
  • Enhanced health & welfare benefits for full-time members and now part-time members can be eligible for benefits after six months;
  • Improved contract language and additions to bereavement leave, and increases to the allowances for shoes, premiums and cold-weather clothing.

The union held meetings in each No Frills store in Manitoba to discuss the tentative agreement and vote from February 5-8 and counted ballots on February 9.