Safeway Bargaining


Bargaining Updates

Here is a listing of information and updates we’ve shared with Safeway union members related to negotiations with Sobeys.

2018-11-27Protocol meeting to be held with Sobeys’ bargaining team
We report that we are scheduled to meet with Sobeys’ bargaining team for an initial meeting to discuss protocol and logistics of bargaining on December 19, 2018.

2018-10-27Report-back on our meeting with Sobeys’ Dave Fearon
We report-back on a meeting held with Sobeys’ Dave Fearon and the prospect for face-to-face negotiations with the company.

2018-11-17Sobeys buys Farm Boy: what does this mean for us?
We provide an extensive analysis of Sobeys’ purchase of Ontario grocer, Farm Boy.

2018-09-25Union asks Sobeys to get to the bargaining table
We write to Sobeys’ Dave Fearon and push for face-to-face bargaining meetings and information on the composition of the company’s bargaining team.

2018-09-06Safeway members give direction: report-back on survey results 
We provide an extensive report-back and analysis of Safeway union members’ feelings on negotiations and the strength of the membership.

2018-07-23 – Time to decide: bargain now or later? (email survey no longer live)
We consult our members on when we should push for face-to-face negotiations with Sobeys and whether they feel they will be strong when the time comes.

2018-07-17Telephone Town Hall held
We hold a Telephone Town Hall for all Safeway members and announce a coming survey to decide on next steps in the bargaining process.

2018-07-03Let’s talk about timing: Telephone Town Hall coming soon
We announce a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the timing and changing context of negotiations.

2018-06-29On the buttons
Sobeys asks Safeway employees to wear buttons encouraging customers to shop at its non-union banner. We’re having none of it.

2018-06-07Safeway union members build momentum at bargaining training
We provide an extensive report on Bargaining Committee and Bargaining Council training and a glimpse of the path ahead.

2018-05-22Our bargaining committee to undergo training for Power and Persuasion
We announce our Bargaining Committee and Bargaining Council and advise of an intensive training initiative.

2018-04-06BC process underway as government intervenes
We provide an update on BC negotiations with Sobeys and the BC government’s appointment of Vince Ready as a Special Advisor tasked with resolving disputed contract terms.

2018-03-29Manitoba Safeway union members accept  deal after strike vote
Manitoba Safeway union members vote to accept a deal after having voted 98% in favour of taking strike action.

2018-03-25Saskatchewan union members reach agreement with Sobeys
Saskatchewan Safeway union members accept mediator’s recommendations after multi-year job action.

2018-03-08Sobeys panics: what did the big bad union do?
We engage customers and Sobeys employees in our GoodGroceries.ca campaign, and Sobeys panics.

2018-02-22Safeway union members are growling
Sobeys fails to reveal plans for Alberta stores, and Safeway members grow frustrated.

2018-01-30Open letter to Sobeys from chief union negotiator, Tom Hesse
We push Sobeys to reveal its plans for Alberta Safeway stores and demand transparency.

2018-01-26 – Sobeys fumbles into Manitoba and Saskatchewan
We provide an update on Sobeys’ negotiations with unions in other provinces.

2017-11-23Local 401 positions for people power
We provide a summary of extensive bargaining preparations undertaken to position us well for negotiations with Sobeys.

2017-10-02Information meetings to review survey results announced
We announce new meetings to bring together UFCW members and release bargaining survey results.

2017-10-31 – Locals 401 and 1118 Merge to Create United UFCW in Alberta
Locals 401 and 1118 decide to join forces and create a united voice for UFCW members in Alberta.

2017-07-20Survey report-back and launch of GoodGroceries.ca campaign
We provide initial feedback of survey results and announce the launch of our GoodGroceries.ca campaign, based on those survey results.

2017-03-13Will there be a strike? Safeway union members asked to attend critical meetings
We hold meetings across the province to discuss negotiations strategy and launch survey.

2017-02-22Local 401 provides notice of bargaining proposal meetings
We provide notice of our initial proposal meetings and consultations with Safeway union members.

2017-02-14Local 1118 holds bargaining proposal meetings
Local 1118 consults northern meat and deli members at bargaining proposal meetings.

2017-01-18Union serves Sobeys with Notice to Bargain
Locals 401 and 1118 serve Sobeys with formal notice to bargain.

2017-01-03Union calls on membership for bargaining proposals
Our initial call for proposals from Safeway union members.


Correspondence

Here are some letters we’ve exchanged with Sobeys with respect to negotiations.

2018-09-25Letter to Dave Fearon Requesting Face-to-Face Meetings

2018-02-14Reply to Ryan Shannon from Tom Hesse

2018-02-05Letter from Ryan Shannon to Tom Hesse 

2018-01-29Local 401 Chief Negotiator, Tom Hesse, writes Letter to Sobeys Negotiator Ryan Shannon

2017-01-13 – UFCW Local 1118 Notice to Commence Collective Bargaining

2017-01-13UFCW Local 401 Notice to Commence Collective Bargaining