Dominion workers in Newfoundland ratify contract

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An "I love Dominion workers" on a guardrail overlooking St-John's, Newfoundland.
November 13, 2020 ST. JOHN’S – Dominion workers have ratified a new collective agreement, ending a 12-week long strike action at stores across Newfoundland. “These workers were the first to undertake meaningful strike action to draw attention to a business model in Canadian retail that fails workers,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “While improvements were obtained we know there is still more work to do at Dominion and the other grocery giants in this country to address wages and precarious work and Unifor will persevere in that effort.” The new four-year contract, backdated to October 2019, covers more than 1,400 Unifor Local 597 members at 11 Dominion locations in Newfoundland. “Our members took a stand to improve working conditions in Canada’s retail sector and we will continue in the challenge to raise the bar for workers,” said Carolyn Wrice, President of Unifor Local 597. Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 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 @email or 416-896-3303 (cell).