Tentative Agreement Reached with Sofina Foods in Calgary

Attention: Sofina Foods Calgary UFCW 401 Members

Your union bargaining committee concluded another round of collective bargaining with the Company last week, and as you may have heard we have an offer for you to vote on for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

It was a very intense week, and we achieved the best possible offer for you to vote in the circumstances. We struggled to get even better improvements, but your Employer said that they have gone as far as they could and put a final offer on the table to take back to you, the members, for a vote.

After a thorough discussion, we decided to let you vote on what is on the table. If it is rejected, then we will be applying for Mediation which is a requirement for us to exercise your right to take a strike vote.

We have unanimously recommended the Company’s offer as the best possible deal that we think we can get without a strike vote. This does not mean that the offer is perfect, but it is the best offer in the circumstances, and we worked hard to get it. But you need to see the offer and have your say!

What information will I receive and when will the vote happen?

Your union will be sending the complete Company offer to all members by e-mail and text message, as well as posting it on the UFCW 401 website, for you to review well in advance of the vote. The vote will take place on October 14, 2020. Notices of the vote and hard copies will also be distributed in your workplace. Should you not receive a copy, please talk to one of your bargaining committee members or your Union Representative.

The vote will take place at two different locations. You may vote at either one. The times and exact locations will be posted in your workplace, as well attached to the final offer. On the day of the vote, you will come to the location of your choice to register, cast your ballot and leave. There will be no discussions or meetings because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The process of coming out to vote will be quick, and we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to have your say.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

In solidarity,

Your Union Bargaining Committee