Calgary – November 10, 2021 – Members at Calgary’s Forest Lawn Sobeys have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective that offers wages increases and improvements to important rights and benefits.
“Seventy percent of the members at Forest Lawn are at top rate and the company had refused to provide this group with wage increases for years,” says union negotiating committee member Amy Mills. “With wage increases and retroactive pay, this is a long-overdue win for these hard-working, long-term employees.”
Some of the additional monetary and benefit improvements include:
- Lump sum payments in the next two years, with a wage reopener in the third year.
- Adjustment to wage scales, so that that employees now have a faster path to their next raise and to top rate
- Securing of improvements to bereavement and other Employment Standards leaves
- Representation language, obligations of the employer to share information, new-hire orientations, and Health and Safety Committee provisions were all strengthened.
You can get the full story and all the details on the new contract here.
UFCW Local 401 is Alberta’s largest private-sector union, representing 32,000 members working in diverse sectors of the economy, including food processing, retail, education, entertainment, health care, and hospitality. To learn more about UFCW 401 and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
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