Loblaw Bargaining Updates

  • Negotiations Update #2

    September 20, 2008
    NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE #2 September 20, 2008 Negotiation Committee Disappointed with Company. It seems to be a common practice for the company, after a few good days of productive bargaining, to revert back to their old ways and their favourite saying, “we respectfully decline the union’s proposal.” Your union negotiating committee was prepared to bargain all weekend, which the company had previously agreed to, but now they are unavailable until Sunday afternoon. “It’s unfortunate that the company wants to take a break after they assured us they were here to bargain this weekend” said President Ziegler. Solidarity shown at the table, some progress made. This week, Paul Meinema from Saskatchewan, Tom Hesse and Theresa McLaren from Alberta were present at our negotiating table until Thursday. We’re all committed to negotiating the best collective agreement for you. Our ‘solidarity pact’ has been helping us at the table and it is historic that all three provinces will be in a strike position by the end of the month. We have made some progress this week and have started to address some of the major issues. We will be addressing the issues of wages, benefits and premiums on Sunday. All aboard! Three western provinces vote for strike action. Saskatchewan members voted 96% in favour of strike action this week. Members in Edmonton have also authorized strike action with a 94% vote, and turnout in all three provinces has been impressive.  “Members in western Canada have now sent the company a strong message that they are not going to accept a mediocre agreement. The members have had enough of the company trying to erode their wages want a fair settlement” stated 832 President Ziegler. We have already served strike notice to the company that if we do not have an agreement reached by September 26 that a strike could begin as early as Wednesday, October 1. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan have already given notice and that a strike in those provinces could start on October 6. Strike preparations ramp up. Although we are still hopeful that a settlement can be reached in time, the company’s tactics at these negotiations mean we must continue to prepare for a strike. Make sure you continue to wear your STRIKE ALERT buttons while you are working. Strike vests will be arriving this week and you will soon start to see other strike preparations near your store.
    VOTE ON COMPANY FINAL OFFER OR STRIKE IMPORTANT MEETING HAS BEEN SET FOR SEPTEMBER 28 SEE BELOW FOR TIMES AND LOCATIONS.
    MEETING NOTICE TO VOTE ON COMPANY FINAL OFFER OR STRIKE SEPTEMBER 28 AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
    WINNIPEG 7 P.M. WINNIPEG CONVENTION CENTRE, HALL B BRANDON 7 P.M. UFCW OFFICE THOMPSON 7 P.M. UFCW OFFICE SELKIRK 7 P.M. SMITTY’S IN SELKIRK STEINBACH 2 P.M. SMITTY’S IN STEINBACH WINKLER 1 P.M. DAYS INN THE PAS 7 P.M. WESCANA INN FLIN FLON 7 P.M. RJ’S MOTEL SWAN RIVER 7 P.M. WESTWOOD INN DAUPHIN 7 P.M. CANAWAY INN

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