Safeway (Sobeys) Bargaining

  • 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.

    The company stated that if they got their way in negotiations, they would consider reopening five of those closed stores under the FreshCo discount banner – where benefits and pension are virtually non-existent and wages keep workers well below the poverty line.

     How generous of them.

     "Safeway was once a well-respected brand with good quality products, but since the takeover by Sobeys, it's been run into the ground,” said UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger. “Sobeys has cut hours, understocked shelves, and quite frankly ruined what was once a thriving company. Resorting to bullying tactics with the options being 'poverty or nothing' is an irresponsible slap in the face to its employees and I know it won’t work in British Columbia or here in Manitoba."

     The employees of Safeway in Manitoba have been pushed to their limit since Sobeys took over through the heavy-handed attempts the company has made to get them to do more with less.

     A union member working at Safeway, who remains anonymous out of fear of management reprisal said, "They have destroyed us and have made a joke out of our stores. Sobeys employees are stressed. Sobeys customers are upset because they are not receiving the quality of service they have been used to. And now the company is turning it around and blaming its employees! We are the ones trying to keep it all together. I'm frustrated and feel extremely disrespected. How do you keep working for a company that acts like a two-year-old having a temper tantrum?”

     UFCW Locals across Western Canada are banding together to fight back against Sobeys attempts to bring in poverty wages instead of living wages.

     UFCW Local 832 represents over 2,200 Safeway employees in Manitoba.
     

    Read UFCW 1518's original article here.

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Strike Vote Details

Brandon

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at 7 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at 10 am

UFCW Brandon Office
530 Richmond Ave E,
Brandon, MB R7A 7J5

Neepawa

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 7 pm

Salvation Army Building
(West entrance, 2nd floor)
342 Mountain Ave,
Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0

Dauphin

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at 7 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at 10 am

Canway Inn
1601 Main St S,
Dauphin, MB R7N 2V4

Thompson

Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 7 pm
Friday, March 2, 2018, at 10 am

Mystery Lake Hotel
58 Cree Rd,
Thompson, MB R8N 0N2

Winnipeg

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 10 am

Canad Inn - Windsor Park
1034 Elizabeth Rd,
Winnipeg, MB R2J 1B3

Winnipeg

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 10 am

Canad Inn - Pembina Highway
1824 Pembina Hwy,
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2G2

Winnipeg

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 7 pm

Canad Inn - Polo Park
1405 St Matthews Ave,
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P7

Winnipeg

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 7 pm

Canad Inn - McPhillips
2100 McPhillips St,
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0K5