May 26, 2022
Retail members at Indigo secure first contract – UFCW 1006A

Toronto – May 26, 2022 – UFCW 1006A members at two Indigo locations in Toronto recently secured a first collective agreement that provides important first contract language to build on in future bargaining.

“We are proud of the work our union negotiators did in achieving a fair union contract for workers at Indigo Yorkdale and Indigo Scarborough,” says UFCW 1006A President Wayne Hanley. “Together, we are establishing a strong foundation to build on for the future.”

The contract comes after successful organizing campaigns brought the two locations into the local union’s membership in the summer and fall of 2021. These members join forces with several Indigo locations to have gone union in a retail organizing wave that swept across Ontario and B.C. throughout the pandemic.

In the new contract members achieved important scheduling, minimum wage protection and health and safety language they were looking to secure with unionization.

“It is simply a testament to the fact that unionizing is not a ‘one-and-done’ situation, it is an ongoing battle,” says UFCW 1006A negotiating committee member Greta Whipple. “But we’re pushing back and looking forward to collaborating with our representatives to improve the working conditions at Indigo and exercise our right to have a fair say in the terms of our employment.”

To read more about the collective bargaining victory at Indigo, click here.   

UFCW Local 1006A represents 36,000 members in a wide range of sectors across Ontario, including the grocery retail, food processing, hospitality, laundry, warehousing, transportation, cannabis, and eye care industries. To read more about UFCW 1006A and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.