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Safeway/Sobeys Intending to Place 20 stores under Joint Union/Management Review

On June 12, we received the following notice from Safeway/Sobeys that outlines their intent to place 20 stores under the Joint Union/Management Review process set out under LOU #4 in the Safeway collective agreement:


June 12, 2017
Ms. Suzanne Hodge

UFCW Local 247

200 - 14936 32nd Avenue Surrey BC V4P 3R5

Dear Suzanne:

Re: Letter of Understanding #4 – Joint Union/Management Reviews

We are writing to confirm that on June 12,2017, the Company announced that stores listed below will be brought forward under LOU #4 as we have concerns regarding their future viability.


#182/4963 Powell River

#90/4934 English Bay Vancouver

#121/4944 Lougheed Mall Burnaby

#33/4907 City Square Vancouver

#92/4935 Strawberry Hills Surrey

#138/4949 Blundell Richmond

#1/4900 Surrey Central

#89/4933 Sahali Kamloops

#184/4964 Newton Town Centre Surrey

#14/4903 Sunshine Hills Delta

#62/4920 Fleetwood Surrey

#7/4902 Dilworth Kelowna

#161/4957 Broadmoor Richmond

#75/4926 100 Mile House

#20/4904 Sunwood Square Coquitlam

#2/4901 West Broadway Vancouver

#70/4924 Trail

#36/4908 Robson Vancouver

#84/4931 Collingwood Vancouver

#179/4962 Trenant Park Ladner

 We will contact you shortly to arrange to schedule a meeting to discuss these stores.

 Yours truly,

Sean Naldrett

Sr. Director, Labour Relations

The letter of Understanding reads that “The Employer and the Union agree to meet to review the individual performance of stores that are experiencing financial difficulties or whose continued viability is questionable.” In the past the Company has served us notice for individual stores and not a block of locations. We believe that the language is not meant to deal with multiple stores together but one location at a time as the Company is obligated under the language to “provide full financial disclosure for the store being reviewed to the two senior officials of the Union.” Obviously the financial position of individual stores will vary greatly.

The language also calls for “joint, co-facilitated meetings with store employees to discuss improvements in the particular store” Often a committee of members from the Store is established to meet with the Company throughout the process.

Also of concern is that the list of locations the Company has provided contains stores that have already gone through the Joint Union/Management Review process. We believe the language does not contemplate a store going through the Review more than once and will strongly oppose any such attempt.

We are reviewing the request with legal counsel and will be responding to the Company shortly. We will post updates on the website so please check back often.

  • ufcw [at] ufcw247 [dot] com