The Union is preparing all the materials and resources our members will need for a strike at Cargill Case Ready. It’s also important that members prepare themselves and their families for a strike.

We’ve talked about making smart choices and not making any major purchases. Another area that members need to focus on is their families’ prescriptions and medication.

The Union has written to the company and is exploring if we will be able to maintain normal membership benefits during the strike. We will get you more information on this once we have a response from Cargill.

In the meantime, members should speak with their families and make sure they have refilled all prescriptions and medications before the strike starts. Think about where your prescriptions are filled. Will you have to cross a secondary picket line at a Wal-Mart, Sobeys or Loblaws location to refill them?

Meet with your family doctor. Let them know that you are facing a potential strike and make sure that your doctor knows you will need to address any concerns before the strike starts.

We‘re working to make sure your benefits will continue during a strike, but it’s important that you prepare and remove as many possible sources of concern and stress as you can.

You may also need move your prescription to different pharmacy so you don’t have to support Wal-Mart, Sobeys or Loblaws if they continue to support Cargill while you’re on strike. These companies make money off your prescriptions, and we will want to put as much pressure on them as we can, so they will in turn put pressure on Cargill.

Cargill and its customers are all very profitable and can afford to adjust their business models to give the workers at Cargill Case-Ready a fair deal that addresses the affordability crisis.

If you have any questions, please contact Devin (e-mail:, cell: 403-680-4184).

In solidarity, 

Your UFCW Local 401 Union Bargaining Committee