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UFCW pledges solidarity with members affected by closure of 52 Loblaw stores

Union says it will use 'every resource' to ensure members are treated fairly



Loblaws announced July 23 that it will close 52 stores across Canada over the next 12 months. PHOTO: Raysonho, via Wikimedia Commons

Loblaws announced July 23 that it will close 52 stores across Canada over the next 12 months. PHOTO: By Raysonho, via Wikimedia Commons


TORONTO—The union representing more than 80,000 Loblaw workers across Canada, the United Food and Commercial Workers, is pledging to stand in solidarity with all members who are affected by today’s announced closure of 52 store locations across the country. UFCW Canada is also pledged it will be using every resource to make sure affected members are treated fairly and in accordance with the terms of collective agreements.

“This is certainly unwelcome news to UFCW Canada, and to many families and communities across the country, as today’s announced closures will result in hundreds of people losing their jobs,” Paul Meinema, the national president of UFCW Canada, said.

“The closure will undoubtedly impact a wide number of workers, with varying needs and realities. Some will be young workers trying to put themselves through school, others will be single parents trying to earn a strong future for their kids, and all will be committed employees who have worked with the employer to build Loblaw into Canada’s most successful food retailer,” Meinema added. “Ensuring that all Loblaw members affected by this decision are treated with fairness and in total keeping with their respective collective agreements will be the top priority for their union.”

UFCW Canada local unions recently negotiated and ratified collective agreements in Ontario and B.C. that include full-time job guarantees over the next six years, and the union says that it will be focused on working with the employer to ensure that as many affected members as possible are given the opportunity to secure roles at other locations.

Loblaws said the move will reduce its sales on an annual basis by about $300 million, but increase its operating income by $35 to $40 million.

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