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Unifor headed to bargaining table with Loblaw seeking new collective agreement for N.L. workers

Dominion parent company Loblaw has teamed up with Instacart to launch a program of online grocery shopping with home delivery at five Dominion stores in the Northeast Avalon. The program was launched Thursday.
Unifor and Dominion parent company Loblaw are due to start contract negotiations this month for the approximately 1,100 unionized employees in this province. - SaltWire Network

The union representing more than 1,300 members at 11 Dominion stores in this province will begin collective agreement negotiations with Loblaw Companies this month.

“Loblaw is aggressively cutting full-time jobs and suppressing workers by keeping wages as low as possible,” Unifor’s national president Jerry Dias said. “A job working for Canada’s largest retailer should lift you out of poverty, not ensure you live in poverty.”

Unifor recently wrapped up consultation meetings with members to set bargaining priorities. Workers emphasized the dire need for good jobs and fair wages, explaining that Loblaw has reached a new all-time low as the company initiates a plan to cut full-time jobs, replacing them with lower-paid part-time positions with fewer benefits.

Loblaw is the largest retailer in Canada, having earned more than $800 million in profits last year, the union noted.

“Unifor will be launching a province-wide campaign in coming weeks to draw attention to the need for better employment standards and good jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Unifor’s Local 597 president Carolyn Wrice said.

“An essential component of this campaign will be sharing first-hand stories from workers who are being driven into poverty by Loblaw’s greedy business practices.”

The campaign will feature billboards in several communities and an aggressive social media campaign featuring member’s stories and videos, and more. Additional details regarding the campaign will be made available later this week to coincide with the launch of province-wide billboards.

Unifor represents more than 20,000 members who work in supermarkets, pharmacies, appliance stores and other retail shops across Canada.

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