Deal includes ‘only gains and improvements’: UFCW
United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 1006A members working at Loblaws Great Food and Real Canadian Superstore locations across Ontario have voted to accept amendments to their union contract on Nov. 6.
“The union fought hard at the negotiating table for these amendments, and our goal, as always, is to help make life better through wage increases and job security for members,” says Wayne Hanley, UFCW 1006A president. “That is what we have achieved with the proposed amendments: there are only gains and improvements for the membership, and no concessions.”
The new contract will see wage increases, full-time job assurance for all full-time workers, a shorter time frame for current and future part-time workers to reach the top wage rate and a procedure for part-time employees who want more hours to have more opportunities to work additional hours, says the union.
It will also achieve what the local union set out to do with minimum-wage arbitration, says UFCW.
The new agreement will run until June 2024.
Since January 2018, Local 1006A has been defending members’ rights in a minimum wage arbitration case involving Loblaws Great Food and Superstore, says the union.In the time the union has been waiting for the arbitrator’s ruling, it began an informal discussion with the company, which turned into more meaningful talks to find a resolve to the minimum wage arbitration, says UFCW.