PRESS RELEASE: AUGUST 17, 2016

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SAFEWAY EXTRA NEGOTIATIONS SET TO BEGIN

 The first meeting with the Company will take place on August 18th to attempt to negotiate a collective agreement for the new Safeway Extra banner.  We have selected the bargaining committee members from the Willowbrook (Langley) and Dawson Creek locations as they are the stores covered by the arbitration decision to convert to Safeway Extra. Local 1518 will as also be meeting with the Company on this issue.

In our last discussions with the Company we told Sobeys that our position is that the Safeway Extra contract should be based upon the standards of the Safeway agreement, which would include a job security guarantee providing a continuation of wages, benefits, hours, seniority and all other contract rights to members in converted stores at the time of conversion. Our members have clearly told us that their job security and standard of living need to be the main focus.

The Sobeys West Inc. (Safeway Operations) contract remains in full force and effect until a Safeway Extra contract is negotiated. 

 

 

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