Safeway negotiations information

March 1, 2009
This month's issue of UNION features 7 pages of Safeway bargaining information. Highlighted in those pages is information on the role of the company and the union, the importance membership plays during negotaitions and snap shot of outstanding issues your negotiating committee is facing.

Safeway members vote 97% in favour of strike action.

February 22, 2009
Lead negotiator and UFCW Local 832 President Robert Ziegler presented the items agreed to and the remaining outstanding items to the Safeway members at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Sunday evening. "I am asking you to endorse the negotiating committee's recommendation to turn down the company's offer and give us the strike mandate we need to get you a decent contract," stated Ziegler. The members listened and overwhelmingly turned down the offer and handed the negotiating committee a 97% strike mandate to take to the table for the final two weeks of bargaining set to resume March 2.

Strike vote date set for Safeway members.

February 11, 2009
ALL MEETINGS ARE ON FEBRUARY 22. Winnipeg & Selkirk 7pm Winnipeg Convention Centre Room 2 Brandon 7pm UFCW Training Centre 530 Richmond Avenue East Thompson 7pm Juniper Centre Dauphin 7pm Super 8 Motel Steinbach 2pm Smitty's Restaurant Neepawa 7pm Vivian Hotel Please make every effort to attend one of these important meetings.

After two more days of negotiations it’s time to send Safeway a wake-up call.

February 10, 2009
On February 9 and 10 your negotiating committee met with the company in hopes of moving towards securing a new collective agreement for the members at Safeway. The company seems to be only concerned with their proposals and they continue to avoid the proposals that you want addressed. “I was optimistic when Safeway officials asked us if we would like to start negotiating early, that it was a good sign.

Safeway negotiations still moving… slowly.

January 23, 2009
Your Safeway bargaining committee and the company met for two days of negotiating on January 21 and 22. The tone of the negotiations remains respectful however the union is growing tired of the lack of progress. “This is still in the beginning of negotiations and it’s usually the most painful part. The company has been focused a little too much on addressing their proposals and haven’t been hearing what our members need,” stated UFCW Local 832 President Robert Ziegler. Bargaining resumes on February 9 and 10 and both sides are trying to free up more dates for February.

Proposal Meetings set for Safeway members

October 14, 2008
Proposal meetings have been set for the upcoming Safeway negotiations. Make sure you attend on of the following meetings: Winnipeg October 26, 2008 7:00p.m. Winnipeg Convention Centre Brandon October 26, 2008 7:00p.m. UFCW Local 832 Brandon Office Thompson October 27, 2008 10:00a.m. & 7:00p.m. UFCW Local 832 Thompson Office Dauphin October 30, 2008 10:00a.m. & 7:00p.m. Canway Inn Neepawa November 2, 2008 7:00p.m. Vivian Hotel Selkirk October 28, 2008 10:00a.m.

Safeway survey deadline is October 10

September 22, 2008
Lots of prizes to be won. With negotiations starting later this year, a negotiations survey has been handed out in the stores and is also available on-line. By completing the survey your entered into a draw for some great prizes. To go to the online survey directly go here: Don't forget the deadline is October 10.

Safeway Stewards Meet with Union

October 16, 2007
On October 16 shop stewards from all the Safeway stores in Manitoba met in Winnipeg to discuss ways of mobilizing the membership for bargaining their next collective agreement. Although the Safeway agreement doesn't expire for 18 months, the union felt it was important to talk and listen to the stewards on some of the issues they can be working on in preparation for the next round of bargaining.

Notice to all Safeway and Westfair Members

June 11, 2007
As most of you are aware, Canada Day usually falls on July 1. However, according to changes to the Federal Holidays Act when July 1 falls on a Sunday, Canada Day is on July 2. As a result, Westfair Foods and Canada Safeway stores will be open on Sunday, July 1, 2007 but will be closed on Monday, July 2, 2007. Due to the holiday falling on July 2 this year, Sunday July 1, 2007 is not a holiday; therefore, retail businesses can be open like other Sundays and employees who work that day are paid their regular hourly rate of pay.
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