PRESS RELEASE: APRIL 15, 2016

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Safeway Extra/ Willowbrook Update

 As you are aware, Safeway/Sobeys announced plans last week at the Langley Willowbrook store, for a new banner, called Safeway Extra. Safeway/Sobeys subsequently served written notice to UFCW Locals 247 & 1518 referencing the new banner language in your collective agreement, Letter of Understanding #12.

The new banner language was originally agreed to in 1997 by both Locals and subsequently renewed and ratified during negotiations in 2003, 2008 & 2013. The new banner language obviously means something, the question is what? Does the Safeway Extra meet the requirements as described in letter of understanding #12, and if so, what does that mean?

We are therefore requesting additional detailed information from the company with respect to the Safeway Extra concept. In the addition we will be looking at meeting with Safeway/Sobeys officials in the near future, as required under section 54 of the labour code, referred to in the written notice from the company dated April 8th.

We will continue to update you regarding our progress.


 

 

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