October 22, 2023 – The results are in and Superstore workers have voted in favour of ratifying a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their employer, Loblaw.
In early September, Superstore workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving their bargaining committee a strike mandate. That mandate changed the tone of ongoing negotiations – bringing improvements to wages, benefits and working conditions.
“We could not have achieved this contract without the strong strike vote and support that Superstore members gave to their co-workers on our bargaining committee,” says Jeff Traeger, lead negotiator and UFCW local 832 President. “This bargaining committee worked long days and late nights to ensure we had significant improvements for all Superstore workers.”
The five-year CBA includes the highest wage increase percentages that the union has negotiated in a retail contract in 25 years. There are also substantial changes to scheduling that will make it easier for part-time employees to get more hours and for everyone working at Superstore to achieve a better work/life balance.
UFCW Local 832 represents approximately 3,500 Superstore workers in Manitoba. The union will now go straight into preparations for negotiating a new contract for another group of Loblaw employees: its 400 members at No Frills stores.
Chris Noto (he/him)
Communications Coordinator, UFCW Local 832