Unionized Safeway workers in BC have voted 99 percent to reject recommendations made by a special officer trying to end a bargaining stalemate.
President Ivan Limpright of the UFCW 1518, which represents 4,000 workers at the grocery outlet, says they hope the strong no vote will encourage owner Sobeys to return to the bargaining table.
“A 99 percent NO vote from our Safeway members gives our bargaining committee a clear mandate that these recommendations are unacceptable. An unequivocal rejection of these recommendations is what we need Sobeys to see,” says Limpright.
“The company needs to understand that our members are strong in their conviction. They don’t deserve to have their hard fought and bargained wages and benefits slashed because of Sobeys’ mismanagement in BC.”
Limpright says the recommendations would cause serious hardship to Safeway workers in BC, and create a domino effect in the grocery industry.
Special Officer Vince Ready was appointed after negotiations between the union and Sobeys, which owns Canada Safeway, broke down last March.
Under Section 106 of the BC Labour Relations Code, Ready has the power to mediate, arbitrate and make recommendations and orders.