Sobeys Capital (Safeway Operations)

Brooks, Calgary, Camrose, Canmore, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, Alta. (6,090 retail grocery employees) and the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local 401

Sobeys Capital (Safeway Operations)
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Renewal agreement: Effective Aug. 10, 2020 to Aug. 9, 2025. Ratified on Aug. 10, 2020. Signed on Aug. 10, 2020.

Wage adjustments:

Effective Aug. 10, 2020: 1.5%

Shift premium: $35 per day for employees temporarily relieving location manager in store, other than home store. $35 per day for employees temporarily relieving location manager in home store for more than 1 day. $2 per hour for each full hour worked between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. $1 per hour to lead-hand for all full hours in stores where night stocking is in effect, who is in charge of night-stocking crew. $1 per hour to employee designated as clerk in charge who — in absence of store manager, store supervisor, assistant store manager — assumes responsibility for operation of store and acts in this capacity for 2 consecutive hours or more during all hours store is open to public. $1 per hour to clerk in charge who is present for night shopping hours or responsible for lock-up at close of business from time store manager, store supervisor, assistant manager are absent from store. $1.75 per hour for employees assigned to relieve variety operator for 1 week or longer. $1.50 per hour for employees assigned to relieve floral operator for 1 week or longer. $1.50 per hour for employees assigned to relieve coffee bar operator for 1 week or longer. $1 per hour for each hour worked on Sunday.

Paid holidays: 11 days.

Vacations with pay: 2 weeks or 4% after 1 year, 3 weeks or 6% after 3 years, 4 weeks or 8% after 8 years, 5 weeks or 10% after 13 years, 6 weeks or 12% after 18 years, 7 weeks or 14% after 23 years.

Overtime: Time and one-half for all time worked in excess of basic workweek or regular daily hours scheduled by employer. Compensating time-off will not be given in lieu of overtime pay. Double time when employee works more than 10 continuous hours in any 1 day or more than 11 in case of 9-hour basic workday. Time and one-half for any time worked by part-time employee greater than 5 days in 1 week (southern Alberta only). Double time for full-time employees working on day off (southern Alberta only). Time and one-half for all time worked in excess of reduced basic workweek.

Medical benefits: Employer pays 100% of premiums. Employer will contribute $0.10 per hour (previously $0.25 per hour) to health and welfare trust fund for all part-time employees who do not qualify for existing employer benefits. Effective Aug. 11, 2024: $0.25 per hour.

Dental: Employer will contribute $0.43 per hour to United Food and Commercial Workers’ Dental Care Plan.

Vision: Employer pays 100% of premiums. Maximum $200 per person every 24 months, includes $60 reimbursement for eye exams.

Weekly indemnity: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 70% of straight-time weekly wage.

Sick leave: 4 hours for each month of employment, maximum 208 hours.

LTD: Employer pays 100% of premiums. Coverage of 50% of base weekly earnings at date of disability, maximum $2,000 per month (previously $1,800 per month).

Pension: Employer will contribute $0.22 per hour after 2 years; $0.40 per hour after 8 years, to Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan

Bereavement leave: Employee will be granted leave of absence, with pay, with consideration given to travel time for funeral after death in immediate family (spouse, parent, stepparent, child, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandmother, grandmother-in-law, grandfather, grandfather-in-law, grandchildren, any relative living in household of employee); maximum 1 week for death of spouse, father, mother, child. 1 day for death of aunt, uncle, nephew, niece.

Seniority – recall rights: 6 months for employees promoted out of bargaining unit and for layoffs.

Call-in pay: Minimum 4 hours of pay.

Probationary period: First 200 hours worked.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 24 months for discipline notices.

Severance: 1 week’s pay to start; 1 week of pay per year of service after 2 years, maximum 20 weeks’ pay for full-time employees on store closing.

Uniforms/clothing: For employees in bakery production, meat cutters in Lloydminster, employer will furnish smock or apron. Special clothing, such as rain capes and parkas, will be supplied by employer where required. Gloves will be made available, as required, for use in cold weather. Employer will supply rubber boots to employees in produce, meats (Lloydminster). Employer will provide 2 uniform shirts at time of hire. Employer will provide 1 replacement shirt after 1 year of employment and each subsequent year upon request by employee.

Mileage: $0.45 per kilometre if employee is transferred to another store during work shift.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current):

Sales/service clerks hired after March 12, 2015 (general clerk, customer service, clerk cashier, bakery sales, office clerk, health and beauty aid clerk, variety clerk, floral clerk, utility clerk, all employees in Hinton and Lloydminster (except bakers and meat department employees), courtesy clerk promoted out of courtesy clerk classification after June 21, 2003).

Hours

0 to 499: $15

500 to 999: $15.10

1,000 to 1,499: $15.20

1,500 to 1,999: $15.30

2,000 to 2,499: $15.40

2,500 to 2999: $15.50

3,000 to 3,499: $15.60

3,500 to 3,999: $15.70

4,000 to 4,499: $15.80

4,500 to 4,999: $15.90

5,000 to 5,499: $16

5,500 to 5,999: $16.10

6,000 to 6,499: $16.20

6,500 to 6,999: $16.30

7,000 to 7,499: $16.55

7,500 to 7,999: $16.90

8,000 to 8,499: $17.25

8,500 to 8,999: $17.60

9,000 to 9,499: $17.95

9,500 to 9,999: $18.30

10,000+: $21.21

Pre-June 21, 2003 employees general clerk/customer service

10,000+: $24.25

Overscale: $25.26

Pre-June 21, 2003 employees clerk cashier/bakery sales

10,000+: $23.62

Overscale: $24.43

Pre-June 21, 2003 utility clerks

10,000+: $23.70

Overscale: $24.51

Pharmacy assistant pre-Feb. 26, 2008

10,000+: $23.55

Overscale: $24.36

Pharmacy assistant post to Feb. 26, 2008

0 to 499: $15

500 to 999: $15.10

1,000 to 1,499: $15.20

1,500 to 1,999: $15.40

2,000 to 2,499: $15.85

2,500 to 2,999: $16.30

3,000 to 3,499: $16.75

3,500 to 3,999: $17.20

4,000 to 4,499: $17.65

4,500 to 4,999: $18.10

5,000 to 5,499: $18.55

5,500 to 5,999: $19.05

6,000+: $23.55

Overscale: $24.36

2% lump sum for all active employees on payroll hired prior to ratification

1% lump sum payment for all hours worked or paid in 52 weeks prior to Aug. 6, 2021 for all active top rated or over to scale employees

1% lump sum payment for all hours worked or paid in 52 weeks prior to Aug. 6, 2022 for all active top rate or over to scale employees

Editor’s notes: Paternity leave: Maximum 2 days, unpaid, leave of absence at birth of child for employee about to become father. Leave for citizenship ceremony: 1 half-day of unpaid leave to attend citizenship ceremony to receive certificate of citizenship, as provided for under Citizenship Act. Hearing aids: $350 every 4 years. Medical reports: Employer will pay full cost for report required for weekly indemnity benefits, maximum $50, maximum 3 reports related to specific claim. Education, training fund: Employer will contribute $0.14 per hour for each hour that employer pays dental contributions to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local No. 401 Education and Training Fund.

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