CRW & Lucerne Bargaining: Vote Results

October 14th, 2022

The results of the votes held on Thursday, October 13th, 2022, are as follows:

  • 97% rejected the Company contract offer.
  • The members voted 96% in favour of strike action should the company not improve its offer.


Your co-workers on the bargaining committee have worked very hard in communicating with you, ensuring all of you have the information you need to make informed decisions on important contract matters since bargaining started. Because of them, you have all united in your efforts to make hard-won gains at the bargaining table.

CRW and the Commissary are stronger and more united than they have been in years. 

“We are experiencing a time in our history when corporations have rarely before made so much profit while employees have had so little,” remarked UFCW Local 401 President Thomas Hesse. “Everyone should be very proud of themselves and one another! You are the union, standing together, defending each other like a family!”

Your bargaining committee has further dates with your company officials on October 18th and 19thwhich suggests that they know they need to do better. You and your fellow workers can legally withdraw your labour and execute strike action if they don’t.

We hope the company comes to its senses and improves its offer so we don’t have to go on strike. No one wants a strike, but you should prepare to do so if the company does not present an improved offer.

Your strike vote is valid for 120 days, so a positive vote doesn’t mean we are on strike immediately. We can give 72 hours strike notice any time during that 120 days.

Thanks to all of you, we can now go back to the bargaining table next week with the strength of the membership behind us.

Please stay tuned for more updates and further progress.

Should you have any questions, please ask your Shop Stewards, Bargaining Committee Members, or contact your Union Labour Relations Officer: Jeff Ible, at or 403-291-1047.

In solidarity,

Your bargaining committee,

Carmelo Cabacungan, Kelsang Wangchuk, Melchor Amurao, Alejandro Guttierez, Majock Ayom Anei, Elias Kimara Wisdom, Sam Pyo, Kelly-Jo Nicholson, Jeff Ible, and David B. Smith

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