FreshCo Ltd. Frequently Asked Questions

June 22, 2020

Over the past week and a half, the union representatives for the stores that were announced to be converted to FreshCo have been answering questions by email, phone and in-person meeting. We have compiled those most common questions for you below, and at the bottom of the page is the FAQ that the employer gave out.

FreshCo deal reached, stores converting

July 19, 2018

Today Sobeys announced to our members, it will be converting the two Safeway stores, located at Kildonan Crossing and Jefferson Ave. to the FreschCo banner.

UFCW Local 832 members will remember from bargaining earlier this year that the company would be opening FreshCo stores in Manitoba to compete in the discount grocery market.  Over the past two months, Sobeys and the UFCW Local 832 FreshCo bargaining committee have been working on a FreschCo appendix to the Safeway province-wide agreement for Manitoba and those negotiations have resulted in today’s announcement.

Workers at Safeway ratify new contract

March 25, 2018

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, UFCW Local 832 members working at Safeway voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new four-year collective agreement with Sobeys. Thanks to an overwhelming strike mandate, the bargaining committee was able to protect the rights and benefits that Safeway employees have fought for over the years and push back against major concessions.

Tentative agreement reached with Sobeys

March 17, 2018

Watch President Traeger's video update on the tentative agreement reached today (March 17, 2018)


The bargaining committee representing roughly 2200 workers at Safeway stores across Manitoba reached a tentative agreement on March 17, 2018, with Sobeys West Inc.

Safeway (Sobeys) Bargaining update for March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

The bargaining committee has been at the table all day with the employer, there is no update we can give at this time on the progress.

Stay tuned for an update tomorrow when bargaining wraps up.

We would also like to repeat one last time, that there is no strike this Sunday, March 18.  There will be meetings across the province next Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Click here to view dates and times of the meetings

Safeway updates and FAQs

March 15, 2018

Bargaining has been slow, but your union has been trying to reach a deal for all members working at Safeway.

The Bargaining Committee has been out in stores to answer any questions the members have and to make sure everyone is aware of the meetings taking place around the province on March 25th.

Clearing up any strike confusion

March 14, 2018

A strike will not start this Sunday, March 18, 2018!
If you are scheduled to work on Sunday, make sure you show up for your shift.

The collective agreement with Sobeys for all members at Safeway expires at midnight this Saturday, March 17, BUT before a strike can take place, you, the members will have the opportunity to vote on the company’s final offer.

Deadline is looming for Sobeys contract

March 13, 2018

The contract with Sobeys expires at midnight on Saturday, March 17, 2018, which leaves us only a few days left to get a deal.

“I would say that we have done a good job of narrowing the issues, which is the small piece of good news that I have for you in this update,” said President Jeff Traeger. "The bad news is that the issues that are left, are all critical, the company has not significantly backed down from the concessions that they have tabled that we presented to all of our members at the strike vote meetings a couple of weeks ago."


Getting close to crunch-time with Sobeys

March 10, 2018

"I would say cautiously there has been some progress, it hasn't been on any of the major issues or the major items. We have reached an agreement or moved off of a variety of proposals on both sides. We've narrowed the proposals down to what is a manageable number, but the problem is that they are all the big concessions that the employer originally tabled back on January 15th," said Jeff Traeger. 

Workers at Safeway give strong strike mandate

March 4, 2018

March 4, 2018 - At 8:00 p.m. Strike Mandate Meetings finished across the province for members working at Safeway. Members all across Manitoba came out in overwhelming numbers to vote yes for a strike mandate.

"This strike mandate result sends a strong message to Sobeys that the membership won't be bullied," stated President Jeff Traeger. "Sobeys purchased a good company and mismanaged it into the ground, ignoring their long-time employee's experience and advice. Now they want those employees to pay for their mistakes."


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