By Russell Redman
Source: Winsight Grocery Business
Three United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union locals in Western Canada—in the wake of strike mandates—have ratified new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with Loblaw Cos. and Sobeys Inc., Canada’s two largest grocers.
UFCW Local 832 on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new five-year contract with Loblaw. The union said the deal covers about 3,500 Real Superstore workers in Manitoba.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based UFCW Local 832 , based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, noted that the new CBA brings the highest-percentage wage increases that the union has negotiated in a retail contract in 25 years. The pact also includes “substantial changes” to scheduling that will make it easier for part-time employees to get more hours and for all members at Real Superstore to achieve a better work/life balance, the union said.