Ontario Ministry of Labour Mediator Specialist John Miller, who has been assisting the parties throughout negotiations, has requested that your union negotiating committee and the company return to the bargaining table on Thursday, July 2, 2015.
Please note that this does not change our strike deadline, which is set for Sunday, July 5 at 12:01am. Extensive strike preparations continue across the province. Once again, we ask all of our members to plan to picket next week based on their schedule this week.
As members working at Loblaws Great Food & Superstore get ready to take to the picket lines on July 5, 2015 at 12:01 a.m., your union has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help guide you through this process.
A strike deadline has been set for Sunday, July 5 at 12.01 a.m., which means we will begin strike action against your employer on this date. Picket lines will be set up at all Local 1000A Loblaws Great Food and Superstore stores across Ontario.
Through the strong strike mandate you provided your negotiating committee in mid-May – you sent a clear message to the company that you demanded a fair contract and were prepared to fight for it. The same message was sent when 61% of those who voted rejected the tentative agreement at ratifications meetings held from June 14 to 20. Through your vote, you have told us the tentative agreement was not good enough and – you’re extremely frustrated at being undervalued and that the company isn’t listening.
UFCW Canada Local 1000A members working at Loblaws Great Food and Superstore voted 61% to reject the tentative memorandum of agreement for your contract.
Your union is ramping up strike preparations and will be training strike picket captains from across the province this week.
We will be setting a strike deadline date soon.
Members will be notified of the exact date and time when strike action will start.
"Our members have spoken and we stand shoulder to shoulder with them as we prepare for strike action," said Pearl Sawyer, President of UFCW Canada Local 1000A.
Please continue to closely monitor your union website for when strike action will begin and further updates.