Pink Shirt Day – Bullying is Not OK

Workplace bullying and harassment can take many forms, including verbal abuse, intimidation, exclusion, and unwelcome advances. It creates an atmosphere of fear, anxiety, and diminished morale among employees. No one should have to endure such behavior in the workplace. In BC, the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation require employers to […]

1st Quarter General Membership Meeting – Random Draw Winners

Congratulations to the three random draw winners who participated in this week’s telephone town hall meeting: Matthew Andries – YIG 1734 James Robert Haslam – Safeway 4909 Samia Safir – Safeway 4942 Each will receive a $100 Superstore or Safeway gift card. Your union representative will contact you to arrange delivery of your gift card. […]

Are you our next UFCW 247 Engagement Committee Member?

We are excited to announce a new initiative to establish a UFCW Local 247 Engagement Committee. The goal of this committee is to foster a more vibrant and connected community, a union community that we can all be proud of and that represents the diversity of our membership. “I believe that together, we can create […]

UFCW Canada Equity Grant

The UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program aims to support newcomer programs, human rights initiatives, and community action projects. Applications are open until the end of September 2024. The UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program program builds on UFCW Canada’s longstanding mandate to support the work of both UFCW members and the communities they serve. Annually, the […]

The 21st annual Shoe Memorial in Vancouver – December 6th 2023

Each year on December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Shoe Memorial honours the memory of murdered women by placing a set of shoes for each victim on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, with their names displayed. Started by the late Pat Kelln, the Shoe Memorial […]

Children’s Christmas Events Announced!

REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 29, 2023 We are looking forward to welcoming our UFCW Local 247 union members and their children to this year’s Children’s Christmas Events being offered at various locations across our province. All of these free family events will take place on Monday December 4, starting at 4:30pm. Registration is required and closes […]

4th Quarter Telephone Townhall Random Draw Winners

A big ‘Thank You‘ to all the members who were able to join us this week for the last general membership meeting of 2023! The three random draw winners are: -Richard Trippel – BC Tree Fruit Coop. -Bavneet Kaur – Superstore 1556 -Mevleen Singh – Superstore 1521 Each will receive a $100 Superstore gift card. […]

Workers at Browns Crafthouse Seymour Join the Union – UFCW 247

November 16, 2023 – Workers at Browns Crafthouse – Seymour, have joined UFCW 247.   UFCW Local 247 is proud to welcome our newest members at Browns Crafthouse – Seymour. “The challenges that workers in this field face are unique and they deserve to have a Union to stand behind them in the fight for […]

BC Tree Fruits Tentative Agreement accepted by 88%

With polls closing on November 7, the Tentative Agreement our UFCW 247 bargaining committee reached with BC Tree Fruits has been accepted by 88%.   This vote comes after a difficult bargaining process with BC Tree Fruits that required mediation to resolve some major outstanding sticking points.  With the assistance of mediator Mark Atkinson a Tentative […]

2023 Scholarships & Grants Winners Announced

Congratulations to this year’s winners of UFCW Local 247’s Iorio Scholarships and Eddy Education Grants!   $1,500 Iorio Scholarships: Hedieh Veshagh – Superstore #1560 Sylner Lopez –  Wholesale Club #6735 Brianna Ashleigh – Dependant, Safeway #4905 Scott Larden – Dependant, Safeway #4967 Paige Hembling – Superstore #1522 Mackenzie Seaborn – Dependant, Superstore #1557 Xilai Bi […]

Safeway Tentative Agreement Accepted by 70%

With polls closing at 3pm today, we can report that the Tentative Agreement our UFCW 247 bargaining committee reached with Sobeys for a new Collective Agreement with Safeway has been accepted by 70%. This vote comes after a lengthy bargaining process with Sobeys that only seemed to make progress after members from all unions took […]

Safeway Tentative Agreement FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Meat, Deli, and Seafood Members on the Safeway Tentative Agreement Last updated October 24, 2023 Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we’ve been getting about the UFCW 247 Safeway Tentative Agreement. Please note, this information is updated frequently, so be sure to come back regularly. Still have […]

Safeway Ratification Vote Details

In the early hours of Friday, October 13, our UFCW 247 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with Sobeys on a new collective agreement for members working in Safeway Meat, Deli, and Seafood departments across BC. The agreement is not finalized until it has been ratified by a democratic vote of the UFCW Local 247 […]

UFCW 247 Reaches Tentative Agreement with Safeway

Update 10/16/23: The Tentative Agreement and information about the Ratification Vote process has been posted on our Safeway Bargaining page.   We are pleased to share that, in the early hours of Friday, October 13, 2023, our bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with Sobeys over a new contract for our members working in Safeway […]

What to do when customers become violent

Customer violence is on the rise, and the instances are more and more troubling. It’s in the news, but it’s also on the shop floor. UFCW Local 247 members report feeling increasingly anxious about what might happen when they go to work their shift at a grocery store. Putting up with customer violence and abuse […]

UFCW 1518 Reaches Tentative Agreement with Safeway

Late last night, UFCW 1518’s bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with Sobeys for a new contract for their members working at Safeway. This is great news for our fellow union members, and it has come after several days and nights of intense negotiations. We congratulate UFCW 1518 members on what was certainly difficult work! […]

Safeway members vote 99% YES to authorizing strike action

UFCW 247 Members Vote 99% YES to Authorizing Strike In an unprecedented turnout, UFCW Local 247 members working in the Meat, Deli, and Seafood Departments in Zone 1 Safeway stores have voted 99% in favour of authorizing strike action. Thank you for this massive expression of union strength and solidarity. “Our strike vote sends the […]

3rd Quarter Telephone Townhall Random Draw Winners

Congratulations to the three random draw winners who participated in this week's telephone town hall meeting: Shaunine D’Andrea – Safeway Extra 4918 Martin Jensen – Superstore 1522 Jason Davis – Superstore 1555 Each will receive a $100 Superstore or Safeway gift card. Your union representative will contact you to arrange delivery of the card. Thank […]

BC Wildfires Emergency Fund

In response to the current BC wildfire situation, your UFCW 247 Executive Board is activating a one-time $450 emergency relief payment for members displaced by evacuation orders in the affected regions of our province. We recognize the tremendous impact that the wildfires have had on our members and the added financial stress of being evacuated […]

Okanagan members important update: Wildfires

The Province of BC declared a Provincial State of Emergency on Friday, August 18th.  The declaration allows the Province to enact emergency orders as the current wildfire situation is fast-moving and evolving rapidly. For the most up-to-date list of evacuation orders, alerts, and resources, visit Emergency Info B.C. or BC Wildfire Services. As thousands of Okanagan residents deal […]

International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31

Overdose affects people and our communities in many ways.  According to data released by the BC Coroners Service this summer, about 12,500 British Columbians have died since the public health emergency was declared in 2016, with more than 1,200 of them happening in the first six months of 2023. This is an epidemic that does […]

Safeway Bargaining cancelled by Sobeys

Safeway Bargaining Cancelled by Sobeys As we previously advised in Safeway bargaining update # 6, at our last round of negotiations, a wage offer was submitted by the Company to your bargaining committee. This offer did not meet the needs of our members and left your committee disappointed and uncertain.  Future bargaining dates were set […]

Vancouver Pride Parade August 6th

The Vancouver Pride Parade is coming up on Sunday, August 6 and we want you to join us as part of the UFCW Local 247 marching crew! If you are interested in meeting fellow union members to demonstrate your support for 2SLGBTQAI+ folks, please email us at ufcw@ufcw247.com This year we will be marching with […]

Hot Goods – Coca Cola Strike

Hot Goods – Coca Cola Strike   What are “hot goods”?  Hot goods are products or services identified by an employer during the term of the labour dispute.  In this case, workers at Coke Canada facilities in B.C., including in Richmond, Coquitlam, and Chilliwack, are on strike. Members of Teamsters Local 213 have walked off […]

Loblaw update for bi-weekly paid colleagues

Loblaw update for bi-weekly paid colleagues. Loblaw announces new Advance Pay Program for bi-weekly paid colleagues. Beginning last week, a new Advance Pay program will be introduced as part of Loblaws’ Live Life Well support. The program will allow colleagues the ability to request and receive a portion of their pay a week early if […]

Dental Plan Improvement for Loblaws Superstore, Extra Foods, and Distribution Centres

Dental Plan Improvement for Loblaws Superstore, Extra Foods, and Distribution Centres Benefit Trust Fund news update:  Good news for UFCW 247 plan members! The UFCW Local 247 Benefit Trust Fund operates the benefits for UFCW Twenty Four Seven members who work for participating Employers. The benefits are financed from a Trust Fund into which employer contributions are […]

Safeway Bargaining Update July 17 2023

SAFEWAY BARGAINING UPDATE # 6 Your Bargaining Committee has concluded another session of negotiations with Safeway July 5th and 6th 2023. While your committee was hopeful that a comprehensive wage proposal presented to the Company would help the Company understand what areas needed improvement, your committee was left disappointed with the Company’s response. The Company […]

Loblaws Superstore Part-Time vacation payout issues resolved – again

Loblaws Superstore Part-Time vacation payout issues resolved – again – July 12 2023 Many part-time members working for Loblaws Superstore may have recently noticed a lump sum payment last month for vacation pay.  This lump sum payment is due to another vacation payout error.  For some history on this issue: The part-time Loblaw Vacation Percentage […]

Safeway Bargaining Update June 26 2023

SAFEWAY BARGAINING UPDATE #5 Your Bargaining Committee has concluded another session of negotiations with Safeway the week of June 12th, 13th, & 14th 2023. Your committee felt it beneficial to proceed to the monetary phase during this set of negotiations.  Wage improvements are a top priority for our members and the Company negotiators need to […]

Safeway Cost of Living Clause Arbitration update

Cost of Living Clause Arbitration update June 19 2023 As we have previously updated on our Local News on January 31 2023, UFCW 1518 recently received a successful decision on the arbitration they had with Safeway/Sobeys over a cost-of-living clause in their collective agreement. This language is identical to the language in the UFCW 247 […]

Servicing update – June 16 2023

Servicing update – June 16th 2023 As reported in the Presidents report during our June 8th 2023 telephone town hall, part of our ongoing commitment to increasing engagement with our members, your union initiated a Special Project Union Representative (SPUR) engagement program which involved members talking to members via store visits.  If you had read […]

2nd Quarter Telephone Town Hall Random Draw Winners

The random draw winners of the second quarter telephone town hall meeting are:   Ritchel Marty – Superstore 1556 George Ng – Superstore 1520 Christian Roldan – Superstore 1554   Each will receive a $100 Superstore gift card. Congratulations to the three of you and thank you to all the members who joined us!   […]

Safeway Bargaining Update May 29 2023

SAFEWAY BARGAINING UPDATE #4 Your Bargaining Committee has concluded another session of negotiations with Safeway the week of May 15th, 16th, & 17th 2023. The negotiating committee continued to focus and discuss in more detail the outstanding remaining non-monetary proposals. The employer and the union were able to work through a few more of the non-monetary […]

Solidarity with PSAC workers! – update May 9th 2023

**news update May 9th 2023** On May 6th, PSAC has reached a tentative agreement with their employer.  This agreement was obtained after pressure has been applied to the employer through strike action and solidarity actions.  The PSAC bargaining team is recommending ratificaiton of the tentative agreements reached and has begun the process of scheduling votes […]

Loblaw Implementation issues and updates – April 11 2023

Loblaw Implementation issues and updates – April 11 2023 Part-time Vacation Pay issue Loblaw Vacation Pay Percentage Issue was identified by an alert member from Loblaws Superstore Coquitlam 1519.  As you may be aware, the "Pay as you Go Vacation" implementation became effective November 13, 2022. Part time employees were paid out on their accrued […]

Safeway Bargaining Update April 3rd 2023

Safeway Bargaining update  Your Bargaining Committee has concluded another negotiations session with Safeway the week of March 20th to 24th 2023. The negotiating committee continued to focus and discuss in more detail the non-monetary proposal items with the Company.  The non-monetary items this bargaining session centered around scheduling, scheduling flexibility, vacation, and leaves. As your […]

Safeway Negotiations Continue

Your bargaining committee has concluded their second week of negotiations with Safeway, which took place February 27th to March 3rd, 2023. This session continued to focus on non-monetary proposals with the Company and your Union bargaining committee further discussing these proposals in more detail.  While some progress has been made, there are still non-monetary proposals […]

Telephone Town Hall Random Draw Winners

The random draw winners of the first quarter telephone town hall meeting are:   Margo Jarman – Superstore 1531 Dawn Stevenson – Superstore 1521 Charnjit Dhillon – Sobeys Warehouse   Each will receive a $100 Superstore gift card. Congratulations to the three of you and thank you to all the members who joined us!   […]

Pink Shirt Day February 22 2023

Pink Shirt Day February 22 2023 In case you didn’t know, here’s how Pink Shirt Day started: In 2007, David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. This group […]

Loblaws implementation update February 15 2023 – Shift Marketplace / Shift Swap

Loblaws implementation update February 15 2023 – Shift Marketplace and Shift Swap Shift Market Place and Shift Swap Update Loblaws has been tracking the initial usage of the various components of Shift Marketplace to see what the adoption rate looks like.  On the first go around they tracked usage in November, December and first half […]

Safeway News update

Safeway News Pension update The Trustees of the UFCW Pension Plan are pleased to announce all active and retired members in the Safeway Division of the pension plan will be receiving an increase on their pension benefit. The most recent actuarial valuation of the Division, as at December 31, 2021, showed that the Division is […]

Tentative Agreement reached – Glenn’s No Frills

Tentative Agreement reached Glenn’s No Frills Your Union Negotiating Committee has reached a tentative agreement with Glenn’s No Frills that will be brought back to the members to vote on. Explanation meetings and vote are booked for Monday January 30th 2023 at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre located at 6188 176th Street, Surrey. Voting times are […]

2023 UFCW International Convention update

2023 UFCW International Convention We are pleased to advise that the International Convention reduction of delegates vote, and nominations process has been completed. The vote to reduce the number of delegates has passed in favour of reducing the number of delegates and the nominations process has now closed. As there are fewer nominees than the […]

A holiday message from President Dan Goodman

As 2022 draws to a close, I want to thank our UFCW Local 247 members for their dedication to their job and the support they have shown their union throughout the year. We have a diverse membership and whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas, different cultural practices, or no cultural […]

Centennial Foods Ratify New Agreement

Strong wage increases and more paid personal days were among the gains achieved by UFCW 247 members at Centennial Foods during recent negotiations. After 11 days of meetings, this three-year deal will significantly improve wages, benefits, and rights at work. The negotiating committee was composed of members, Dave Cook (Driver), Cathy Galang (Production), Si Ng (Production), […]

Abbotsford Superstore Members “Can” Make a Difference

As a long-time UFCW Local 247 Shop Steward, Sinead Wilson knows that building a strong union depends on members getting active in their stores. After participating in her first-ever BC Federation of Labour Convention in November 2022, Sinead was ready to get to work. “I went back to the store inspired,” said Sinead in an […]

UFCW Children’s Christmas Party and Movie Nights 2022 a hit!

Burnaby Village Museum Kids Christmas Party The Museum was decorated in its seasonal and festive splendor!   Many UFCW families enjoyed the entertainment, refreshments, and surprises for the children.  Always special, Santa and his two helpers visited to spread some Christmas cheer.  This year included a surprise elf taking UFCW Family photos, which will be […]

Dec 6 2022 Vancouver shoe memorial honors victims of gender-based violence

December 6 Vancouver shoe memorial honors victims of gender-based violence The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 247 (UFCW 247) is once again hosting the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Shoe Memorial in Vancouver on Tuesday, December 6 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side), with a memorial […]

2023 UFCW International Convention

2023 UFCW International Convention The UFCW International Convention, held every five years, will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28, 2023.  Delegates at this Convention have a number of important responsibilities, including electing International Officers and voting on amendments to the UFCW International Constitution, which will govern our […]

Children’s Christmas Events Announced

We are looking forward to welcoming our union members and their children to this year's Children's Christmas Party events being offered at various locations across our province. In the Lower Mainland, our now traditional event is hosted by UFCW Locals 247 & 1518 and will take place on Monday December 5, 2022 at the Burnaby […]

BC Tree Fruits Plant Closure – Winfield Plant

BC Tree Fruits Plant Closure – Winfield Plant Notice was given by BC Tree Fruits to the members employed at the Winfield plant in the middle of August announcing a plant closure that will affect approximately 92 members.  Under S54 of the BC Labour Relations Code, the Company and the Union started to discuss an […]

International Student Members

International Student members The Liberal government announced it is lifting the limit on the number of hours international students are allowed to work off-campus each week. Previously this limit was set at 20 hours of paid work each week. 247 International Student members limited to working a maximum of 20 hours were considered to be Restricted […]

Sobeys Experiencing I.T. Issues

UFCW Local 247 has been actively communicating with Sobeys head office regarding the company-wide IT issues affecting stores and their warehouse. Your union has focused on payroll issues to ensure that our members, who work at Safeway, Safeway Extra, FreshCo, and the Campbell Heights Warehouse receive pay this week. Updates have been e-mailed to our […]

Superstore & Loblaw Distribution Centres Draft Collective Bargaining Agreement

Superstore & Loblaw Distribution Centres Draft Collective Bargaining Agreement Attention all Superstore & Loblaw Distribution Centres members.  The Draft version of your Collective Bargaining Agreement is now available on our website to view or download here. The draft version is also available on our main website under the Agreements tab. We are still awaiting signatures […]

Scholarship Winners 2022

Congratulations to this year’s random draw winners! Scholarship: Alysha McGuinness                                                 Superstore 1555 Dorsa Mir Mohammed Sadeghi                            Dependant- Superstore 1554 […]

Light the Night 2022 Virtual Celebration

  Light The Night is happening this Saturday! The largest virtual gathering of the blood cancer community is happening this weekend on Saturday, October 22, 2022! Catch the pre-show leading up to the national event for the top fundraising individual and teams in your area before tuning in for the national broadcast celebration. Be sure […]

Loblaw Implementation update October 19 2022 – Part Time Cross Training

October 19 2022 Union advised by Labour Relations that communications have now been sent out to the store to begin the Part Time cross training that was negotiated in our new collective agreement. The process will be posted and huddled to advise that there will be an application window for Part Time Cross Training.  This […]

Sobeys’ Bargaining Survey – Safeway available online

Sobey’s Bargaining Survey – Safeway Collective bargaining is a process used by employers and unions to reach an agreement regarding terms and conditions of employment. Our job is to present your priorities to your employer and try to get the strongest and fairest deal possible for our members. All union members employed at Safeway, in […]

National Day For Truth And Reconciliation

National Day For Truth And Reconciliation Today we come together to acknowledge the tragic history and long-lasting effects of residential schools. This is a day of remembrance, reflection, action and learning. We invite you to wear an orange shirt as a respectful way to honour the lost Indigenous children and survivors, their families and communities. […]

Loblaw implementation update September 29 2022 – Pay As You Go Vacation

The "Pay as you Go Vacation" implementation will be effective November 13, 2022. Part time employees will see the first payment of “pay as you go vacation” on earnings from November 13-26th, deposit date of December 1, 2022. Part time employees will also see a deposit for the percent on vacation earnings from December 26, 2021 to November 12, […]

Loblaw implementation update August 18 2022

After every ratification, there is an implementation period which is needed for the Company to ensure their systems teams align properly with the accepted changes. The current updated implementation timelines are: Estimated to  occur by Aug 28th :            -  Clerk Classification will be loaded into the system and the trainee classification […]

International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31

In 2016, our province declared a public health emergency due to toxic drugs. Since then, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives. According to data released by the BC Coroners Service on Tuesday August 16th, at least 1,095 people have died in BC in the first half of 2022. “These were men, women and […]

UFCW 247 Supports PRIDE

Pride Vancouver 2022 - Local 247 Vancouver Pride Society, 2SLGBTQAI+ communities, queer serving organizations, and allies marched for the first in-person Vancouver Pride Parade in two years. This year, the BC Federation of Labour organized a Mult-Union Pride Delegation to represent Labour at the Vancouver Pride Parade.  20 Affiliates signed up to march and each affiliate […]

IGA Triwest Foods Store 49 Ratify New Contract

IGA Triwest Foods in West Vancouver was finally ratified on July 26. This has been a long process as the Company was looking to radically change the agreement and remove many benefits to existing members and any future hires to both Local 247 and 1518 members. After many months, both Locals’ members stayed united and strong in […]

Confirmed new availability and 2 week schedule timelines

New availability system and 2 week schedule effective August 7th with the following applicable deadlines:           •             New availabilities submitted prior to July 23rd at noon will be effective for the 2 week schedule posted Aug 3 for the weeks of Aug 7th and Aug 14th.           •             […]

Loblaw Superstore 30-hour guarantee form available to download here

30-hour guarantee Loblaw Superstore has started approaching all members who currently have 28 hour guarantees to fill out the form requesting the 30-hour guarantee.  The form should be distributed by management and there is a deadline of July 22th (14 days from date of ratification) to have completed forms handed in. The form can be downloaded here. 

Loblaw Superstore implementation of changes update

After every ratification, there is an implementation period which is needed for the Company to ensure their systems teams align properly with the accepted changes. The current expected implementation timelines are: 30-hour guarantee The Company has started approaching all members who currently have 28 hour guarantees to fill out the form requesting the 30-hour guarantee.  […]

Ratification Results: BC Superstore and Distribution Centre Members

UFCW Local 247 members working at BC Superstore and Distribution Centre Locations have voted on whether to accept a new Memorandum of Settlement or to go on strike. With ballots counted today, the new agreement has been accepted by a margin of 58%. We want to thank all members who have participated in the process as we know […]

Strikes and Lockouts: What’s the Difference?

As UFCW Local 247 members vote this week on a possible strike at BC Superstores and Distribution Centres, we have been getting a lot of questions from members on what happens next.  As we reported in our recent updates, at the last meeting we had with Loblaw on June 24, 2022, company officials asked your […]

For Immediate Release – “It’s Time to Decide”

“It’s Time to Decide” Union Calls on BC Superstore and Distribution Centre Members to Participate in Strike Decision July 3, 2022 – Nearly 10,000 retail grocery and warehouse workers across BC, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 247, are voting this week on whether to accept a new collective agreement or […]

DON’T LET OTHERS DECIDE FOR YOU: PLEASE VOTE!

DON’T LET OTHERS DECIDE FOR YOU: PLEASE VOTE! July 2, 2022 – update to members Do we settle, or do we strike? It’s your decision. It’s time for all UFCW Local 247 members working at BC Superstore locations and warehouses to make an important decision. Votes on the latest contract offer from Loblaw will be […]

Message from your Union Bargaining Committee

SETTLE OR STRIKE: IT’S UP TO YOU Together, we’ve been fighting hard for what BC’s food workers need and deserve: RESPECT for all the essential work we do and PAY so we can keep up. Food workers everywhere have had to fight to put food on their own tables while grocery store owners have made […]

June 26th update – Explanation meetings and Voting Locations confirmation

Loblaw Superstore and Loblaw DC – Ratification Schedule Telephone town hall explanations are now confirmed for Tuesday June 28th and Wednesday June 29th. **The Memorandum of Settlement is being finalized and will be posted  prior to the first explanation meeting.** Schedule is as follows: Retail: Tuesday, June 28th ** 7:30am ** or 2:30pm ** Due to […]

Meeting with senior Loblaw Management update

On June 9th Local 247 President Dan Goodman, Secretary Treasurer Charles Pratt and UFCW National President Paul Meinema met with senior Loblaw officials on the state of negotiations for Loblaw members. As a result of those meetings the parties have agreed to meet on June 23 and 24 to allow the Company to present an […]

Loblaw meeting scheduled June 9

President Dan Goodman and Secretary Treasurer Charles Pratt are scheduled to meet with UFCW National President Paul Meinema and Senior Loblaw management on June 9th. As previously stated by President Dan Goodman, the request was made to meet with senior officials who ultimately have the authority to make changes to the Company’s offer.   As talks with local […]

Strike Commonly asked Questions

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Additional information may be added as more questions may come in that will need to be answered: PICKET LINE PROTOCOL 1. Picketing has been defined as “patrolling at the entrance of the employer’s business by members of a trade union who carry/wear signs or distribute leaflets in […]

UFCW National President to Assist with Loblaw Stalemate

Your Union’s Retail Negotiating Committee met with the Company’s committee on May 30th and 31st. Discussions ensued and it was strongly reiterated to the Company that their last offer was not enough, and that the membership has issued a strong 97 percent strike mandate. The Company presented different options which your committee felt did not […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining Update: Retail Committee Returning to Bargaining Table

Following the strike votes, a 97% strike mandate was obtained last week. Your Union advised the Company of this strong mandate and requested the Company to return to the bargaining table for further talks. The Loblaw Retail Bargaining Committee has agreed to return to the table, and further negotiation dates are now scheduled for May […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining: Strike Vote Results

To all members employed at Loblaw’s Superstore and Distribution Centres, the strike vote has concluded and the ballots have been counted. The members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike by 97%. Thank you to all of you who have voted, every vote counts and your support for the strike mandate was a necessaryto […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining Strike Vote Reminder

This has been a busy time for many.  As your Union Representatives have been visiting and calling locations throughout the province, many of you have shared your personal stories and situations. Understandably we all speak from different backgrounds, and we all have different financial commitments.  Strike Votes will be commencing this Saturday May 14th, and it […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining Update: Strike Vote Scheduled

The Memorandum of Settlement has been rejected by 78 percent, which clearly sends the message that the Company’s final offer was not good enough. While we have reached out to the Company’s Retail and Distribution Centre’s negotiations committee with the vote results, we have not received any indication on whether they intend to come back […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining: Voting Results

Thank you to all members who participated in one of the scheduled explanation meetings and took the time to vote.  It is an important union responsibility to exercise your rights to participate in the collective bargaining process and have your voice heard through your ballot. The voting process has been concluded and all ballots received […]

Loblaw’s Superstore Bargaining: Voting

The explanation of tentative agreement meetings have all taken place this week via telephone town hall, as scheduled. We want to thank the many members who took the time to participate and ask questions. It’s important that members understand what the negotiated changes mean, how the committee achieved such improvements during negotiations with the Company […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining Update: Ratification Meeting Dates and Times

  ********Update:  May 6 2022 The Memorandum of Settlement has been rejected by 78 percent, which clearly sends the message that the Company’s final offer was not good enough. While we have reached out to the Company’s Retail and Distribution Centre’s negotiations committee with the vote results, we have not received any indication on whether […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining Update – Tentative Agreement Reached

 On April 7th, after 16 days of negotiations, the Loblaw’s Distribution Centre bargaining committee presented a comprehensive offer of settlement. A day later, after 25 days of bargaining, the Loblaw’s Retail bargaining committee also presented a comprehensive offer of settlement to your committee. These offers addressed many of the union’s key bargaining issues that were […]

Single-step Union Certification Coming to B.C.

BC NDP’s Ministry of Labour Harry Bains has introduced an ammendment to Bill 10 of the Labour Relations Code which will ensure single-step certification when at least 55% of the employees in a workplace sign a union support card. This is an impressive step forward for workers' rights with BC returning to a system that […]

UFCW Union Pension Plan – Retirement Planning Seminar

Bisland Griffith, the administrator group of the UFCW Pension Plan, has announced that they will be offering a virtual Retirement Planning Seminar on May 15 & 16, 2022. The seminar is open to any active UFCW 247 member who is between the ages of 50-65 and employed at Safeway, Safeway Extra, Stong’s, Kootenay Markets, IGA […]

Loblaw’s Bargaining Update: March 15-18

The Loblaw’s bargaining committee has tabled a comprehensive monetary offer which conceptually has addressed the issues regarding wage scales, the numbers fall well short of the Union’s expectations. As we have pointed out to the Company; the current state of the economy, other industry settlements, Loblaws’ profitability, and the general cost of living in the […]

Loblaw Negotiations Resume Today

During our last negotiation session held January 11 to 14, the message was made clear to Loblaw that we expected to see a comprehensive monetary offer at our next session. Based on the feedback from our bargaining committee and the proposal surveys, it has been made abundantly clear that the current wage classifications are not […]

UFCW Union Pension Plan – Upcoming Retirement Planning Seminar

The Bilsland Griffith Benefit Adminstrators group has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, their in-person Retirement Planning Seminars (RPS) has been put  on hold. However, they are pleased to offer a virtual RPS on May 15 and 16, 2022. This retirement planning seminar is open to any active member of the Safeway, Overwaitea […]

COVID-19: B.C. to drop mask mandate Friday for indoor public spaces

B.C. health officials announced Thursday that the province will remove its order requiring masks in all indoor public spaces as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 11 2022. Individual businesses will still be permitted and supported by provincial health to require masks if the owners decide to. A requirement for workplaces to mandate masks will be […]

New Servicing Territories Announced

During the last telephone town hall membership meeting, President Dan Goodman provided an update on staffing changes that are to come into effect today, Tuesday March 1. The announcement included the hiring of former UFCW National staff, Michael Toal. As a national rep, Mike assisted UFCW local unions across Western Canada (including Local 247) with […]