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Media Advisory - Striking Dominion workers hold Thanksgiving food drive

October 5, 2020 - 12:00 AM

October 5, 2020

ST. JOHN’S–Striking Dominion workers will hold a picket line food drive to help local charities provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

“These workers want to make sure that no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Unifor Dominion members will be accepting donations that would normally be made in store at all picket line locations to be distributed to food insecure families across the province.”

On Wednesday October 7, the World Day for Decent Work, members of the public are invited to bring non-perishable items to any of the 11 Dominion picket sites in the province between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Thanksgiving food drive follows last month’s donation of $10,000 to Newfoundland food banks by the Unifor Social Justice Fund.

The 1,400 Dominion workers, on strike for more than six weeks, continue to call on Dominion parent company Loblaw Companies Limited to pay a living wage and to provide full-time jobs.

“Our members know the cost of groceries better than most. They understand that there are people in their community who struggle to afford food to feed their families, in fact some of the Dominion workers rely on food banks themselves because they simply don’t earn enough to buy the groceries that they sell,”  said Carolyn Wrice, President of Unifor Local 597.

Thanksgiving food drive locations:

Bay Roberts, Hwy Main General Delivery                                           St. John’s locations

Corner Brook, 5 Murphy Sq.                                                                  260 Blackmarsh Rd

Gander, 100 Laurell Rd.                                                                           55 Stavanger Dr.                      

Grand Falls, 17 Cromer Ave.                                                                    20 Lake Ave.

Carbonear, 120 Columbus Dr.                                   

Mount Pearl, Pearlgate Plaza 150 Old Placentia Rd.

Stephenville, 62 Prince Rupert St.

Long Pond, 166 Conception Bay Hwy  

WHAT:  Striking Dominion workers food bank drive cheque presentation

WHEN:  Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. NDT

WHO:   Carolyn Wrice, President of Unifor Local 597             

              Major Bradley Reid, Divisional Secretary for Business Administration, The Salvation Army

WHERE: Dominion Long Pond store - 166 Conception Bay Hwy

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).