Talks broke off as the company refused to move off a final offer which would lock workers into a long contract without a living wage increase, leaving members with more than 25 years of service just 60 cents above minimum wage.
Baxtrom’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG) is a franchise of Loblaw Companies Ltd – the number one grocery retailer in Canada.
“The company is trying to bully workers and their families in smaller communities like Cornwall because they think they can,” says Roland Lapins, Regional Director of UFCW Canada Local 1006A. “It is possible to run a good business without hurting the hardworking people who give their best to make the company successful.”
Workers are calling for a fair deal with a living wage increase.
“The company’s proposals would hurt the livelihoods of workers and their families in Cornwall,” says Lapins. “We are calling on the company to negotiate a fair contract with a living wage increase that acknowledges the valuable role our members play in making Loblaw the multi-billion-dollar success it is today.”
Workers at Baxtrom’s YIG are calling on friends and neighbours to support them by shopping elsewhere during the labour dispute.
Local 1006A represents approximately 150 workers at Baxtrom’s YIG.
UFCW Canada Local 1006A is one of Ontario’s largest local unions, with more than 36,000 members. The local union represents more than 20,000 grocery store workers across the province.