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  • authored by <newguard>
  • published Thu, Dec 4, 2003

Loblaws Agreement?

Canadian Auto Workers Strike At Loblaws End in Sight: Tentative Agreement Reached Today; Vote by Workers Underway
TORONTO, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - CAW Local 597 and Dominion/Loblaws in
Newfoundland and Labrador have reached a tentative agreement today. Details
are being withheld until the agreement is ratified which should be completed
by Thursday.

  • posted by Scotty_UFCW_Lester
  • Thu, Dec 4, 2003 5:00pm

when the information comes in to what they agreed too, Could you please post it.
Thanx

  • posted by precious
  • Thu, Dec 4, 2003 6:16pm

The votes are in 59% voted in favor to accept the deal here in nfld with loblaws,but us part timers put up a damn good fight.our shop stewart didnt feel the need to call people to vote,so 140 people in st.johns didnt turn up .we feel good about it because Hemi Metic was put there to scare people and the full timers and pharmacy tech' were terrified.HAHAHHAHA.I CAN GO TO WORK TOMORROW AND FEEL GOOD BECAUSE I WASNT SCARED BY LOBLAWS WE CALLED THEM BLUFF TO SHUT THE STORES.

  • posted by Scotty_UFCW_Lester
  • Thu, Dec 4, 2003 6:30pm

WAY TO GO!!!

  • posted by blasdell
  • Thu, Dec 4, 2003 7:40pm

The solidarity in Newfoundland is unheard of in the UFCW.I think you would have gained more in another two weeks.Was anyone from the bargaining unit at the negotiating table?What was the mood at the table like.You will be interested to know that full-time in Ontario who were over 55 got up to 75 grand in an an early retirement option.3 weeks per year of sevice if they transfer to the new RCSS or 4 weeks if you go Part-time up to 75 grand.

  • posted by lefkenny
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 5:06am

Dominion Stores labour dispute over

STJOHNS.CBC.CA News

Dec 5 2003 06:49 AM NST

ST. JOHN'S - Dominion Stores in the province are expected to reopen by the weekend.

Union representative Frank Taylor says 66 per cent of the 1,200 unionized employees who voted on a contract offer accepted the deal. The outcome was announced Thursday night.

The new agreement includes a wage increase of $1 an hour over three years, the creation of 25 full-time positions, a voluntary retirement package and a drug plan for some part-time workers.

The company also has committed to spending $100 million dollars on new stores and renovations in the next couple of years.

Some employees reported to work for the midnight shift Thursday night, and preparations to reopen the stores continued Friday morning.

The Canadian Auto Workers union urged its members to accept the company's offer, saying Loblaw Cos. Ltd. hinted at permanently closing all its Dominion outlets and leaving the province if the deal wasn't accepted.

  • posted by lefkenny
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 5:08am

I guess 66 percent sound a lot better than 59 percent acceptance.

  • posted by NIGHTS 046
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 7:12am

quote:


The Canadian Auto Workers union urged its members to accept the company's offer, saying Loblaw Cos. Ltd. hinted at permanently closing all its Dominion outlets and leaving the province if the deal wasn't accepted.


If I recall correctly Loblaws controls a 50% share of the grocery business in that province, how could even the stupidest person buy that line.

  • posted by precious
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 5:26pm

WELL SORRY FOR THE WRONG NUMBERS IN THE VOTE,BUT MY PHONE HAS BEEN VERY HOT FR THE PAST FEW NIGHTS!
ANYWAY THE CAW DECIDED TO BRING HEMI METIC TO THE MEETING AND OUR GUY FRANK TAYLOR SAT ON THE SIDE LINES BECAUSE HE WOULDNT BE ABLE TO SCARE US TO ACCEPT THE VOTE.HEMI SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ABOUT 30 % OF THE PEOPLE.
ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT HERE IN NFLD THERE ARE NOT A WHOLE LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS.
OVER THE PAST MONTH I HAVENT HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT WAL-MART AND SOBEYS.I HAVE PERSONALLY HAVENT BEEN WALMART IN A MONTH AND I REFUSE TO SHOP SOBEYS BECAUSE GUESS WHY? THEY HAVE RAISED THEIR PRICES AGAIN LIKE THEY DID 6 YEARS AGO.THAT IS SO UNFAIR!!!!
I MIGHT ALSO ADD THAT I LOST MY VOTE ON A BALLOTT BUT I AM VERY HAPPY CAUSE I VOTED FOR THE RIGHT REASONS AND PERHAPS THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED YES ARE THE DISGRUNTED EMPLOYEES WHO VOTED FOR THE WRONG REASONS!!!!!!!

  • posted by NIGHTS 046
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 7:41pm

quote:


If I recall correctly Loblaws controls a 50% share of the grocery business in that province, how could even the stupidest person buy that line.


Sorry but before I get pounced on, this reply was meant to be directed towards the union for buying the company line (or is that being bought out?)

quote:


Loblaw Cos. Ltd. hinted at permanently closing all its Dominion outlets and leaving the province if the deal wasn't accepted.


And not at all towards the membership who can only play with the cards they are dealt, and again it's tough to tell if the house is the company or the union, or if you have double downed.

  • posted by <apples>
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 10:18pm

It looks alot like some back door consessions. That deal is not even close to the agreement in the Ontario stores. It is hard to understand why they went on strike and settled for that. Buzz said that they are on strike to prove a point, the caw will not give into the loblaw believe that Walmart is a threat. Did he prove that? Did Dominion employees get a guarantee that their stores are not closing, that they will not be on the dol line?
How long is their agreement? Did Buzz tell his trainees to think! Look at what the big picture is!
The people that worked for Consumers and are currently working for Toys "R" Us, they feel the reality. The employees of the Dominion stores well lets just hope it was in their best interest and not the best interest of the business union.

  • posted by Duffbeer
  • Fri, Dec 5, 2003 11:28pm

Here's the CAW spin/news blurb:

Dominion Stores Contract Ratified

quote:


December 05, 2003, 4:30 p.m. EST

CAW members who work at Dominion Stores across Newfoundland and Labrador voted 67% in favour of a new contract. Dominion Stores had closed their doors earlier in November after rotating strikes began over the issue of major concessions. The new 3-year deal means the company was unsuccessful in its demands for benefit rollbacks, co-pays, and the removal of up to 50% of the full time positions from the bargaining unit as well as concessions in vacation entitlement. The new contract provides for a minimum wage increase for all workers of $1/hour as well as higher start rate. Some classifications will receive higher wage increases. For senior workers a special severance buy out package was negotiated.


  • posted by siggy
  • Sat, Dec 6, 2003 2:50pm

quote:


The new 3-year deal means the company was unsuccessful in its demands for benefit rollbacks, co-pays, and the removal of up to 50% of the full time positions from the bargaining unit as well as concessions in vacation entitlement. The new contract provides for a minimum wage increase for all workers of $1/hour as well as higher start rate. Some classifications will receive higher wage increases. For senior workers a special severance buy out package was negotiated.


So what percentage of full time positions to be removed did they settle on? (They sure do know how to spin that wool they try to pull over our eyes eh).

It's like looking in a mirror at the house of horrors, this is the same kind of deal struck between ofg/safeway and ufcw 1518 retail.

1518 retail members got to keep some full time, for now. 1518 got $1.40 over 4 yrs plus a depreciated signing bonus.

The severance option for the employer, well we got one of those too. Should all the other new cba trajectory tools (new banner language) fail to eliminate fulltime with benefits.

  • posted by siggy
  • Sun, Dec 7, 2003 2:51pm

precious... check your private messages.

  • posted by <FROM CAW WEB PAGE>
  • Sun, Dec 7, 2003 4:33pm

CAW members who work at Dominion Stores across Newfoundland and Labrador voted 67% in favour of a new contract. Dominion Stores had closed their doors earlier in November after rotating strikes began over the issue of major concessions. The new 3-year deal means the company was unsuccessful in its demands for benefit rollbacks, co-pays, and the removal of up to 50% of the full time positions from the bargaining unit as well as concessions in vacation entitlement. The new contract provides for a minimum wage increase for all workers of $1/hour as well as higher start rate. Some classifications will receive higher wage increases. For senior workers a special severance buy out package was negotiated.

  • posted by remote viewer
  • Sun, Dec 7, 2003 4:39pm

I must say that I am disappointed with the CAW. While I recognize that first collective agreements (which I believe this is) are difficult to bargain, this agreement contains the elements of the concessionary deals that the UFCW has been signing for the past decade with Loblaw Companies and its subsidiaries. Most disturbing is the buy out for long service workers. I have no idea why the CAW would go for this as it does absolutely nothing for the members or the union. The money (up to 10K) is a drop in the bucket for the company and will only serve to rid the bargaining unit of the most experienced, mature and knowledgable members (and probably the toughest ones to snow).

I wonder what would happen if General Motors asked for the same kinds of concessions and offered a $1 an hour over the minimum wage for new hires. Wonder how long that strike would last and how much of the union's resources would be put into the battle.

Call me negative but I think that what's happening here is that all of the mainstream unions treat service industry workers as second class citizens - good for a photo op but not worth spending a lot of time on. The CAW took a short strike in this case and bargained a wage increase just above the minimum wage so that it can say "We're better than the UFCW". But when it came time to deciding whether to spend any serious time and money on the dispute they cut a deal and buggered off.

There's something about service industry workers that makes the leaders of our mainstream unions feel OK about settling for less. Could it be that they are mostly women, youth, people of colour, recent immigrants, the working poor...? Could it be that the leaders perceive service industry work as being less important than other more traditional unionized occupations? Do they still think that supermarket workers are just in it for the "pin money" or that they're all just working their way through law school or some crap like that?

The employers must be really pleased. They just put the boots to the CAW. What more is there for them to fear? The only thing they fear is an empowered group of workers. Maybe supermarket workers should form their own union. Then they'd have a shot at getting some respect in their workplaces.

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