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Loblaw to lock out more than 500 Calgary distribution centre workers

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More than 500 workers at Calgary’s Loblaw distribution center have begun receiving layoff notices after negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement broke down and the company moved to lock out workers.

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Members of Teamsters Local Union 987 have rejected two offers (they say were the same) from a Canadian grocery giant. The union said Rob Lowe was refusing to return to the table, and issued a notice on November 16.

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“Many people are scared because they have strong beliefs about the changes they want to see in the workplace, but the obvious fact that they will be kicked out of their jobs a month before Christmas is pretty scary for everyone.” John said. Taylor, a business agent for Local 987 and a spokesperson for the Negotiating Committee;

According to a news release from the union, 527 of the 534 union members at the distribution center had received furlough notices.

According to the union, union members are demanding higher wages and better quality of work, including guaranteed holidays and seniority measures for scheduling.

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“These are some of the most competitive wages in the industry, some over $33 an hour,” said Thomas, who said he was disappointed with the rejected proposal.

Negotiations for the new contract began in May, and the current CBA expired on June 6.

With the offer rejected on Nov. 15, Loblaw is now preparing to shut down work at the location and move inventory to other fulfillment centers so the store can operate without disruption. increase.

Loblaw announced a 10.3% increase Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for Q3 2022. The grocery store reached $17.38 billion in revenue this quarter, up from his $16.05 billion in the third quarter of 2021. of $556 million, up 29% from $431 million in Q3 2021.

The Loblaw distribution center in northeast Calgary was photographed on Monday, November 21, 2022. Ajin Ghafari/Postmedia

The two sides did not have a scheduled meeting, and Taylor said the layoffs would take effect on November 25.

“If they’re trying to lock out our members, I mean, we’re not voting to strike. We don’t want to strike. We don’t want to strike,” Taylor said. We would love to negotiate a deal to get our members back to work, but right now the company doesn’t seem to want to.They sent a message to their employees a month before Christmas. seems to want to

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