Sobeys workers in Sydney, N.S. move to conciliation as talks stall

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SYDNEY, N.S.—Unifor Local 1971 members at Sobeys in Sydney, Nova Scotia, have filed for conciliation after a week of negotiations left the parties miles apart.

“Sobeys definitely knows Unifor is after significant and meaningful gains for grocery workers like we have already achieved for thousands of our members working in supermarkets in Canada,” said Atlantic Regional Director Jennifer Murray. “Unifor has established a pattern in the grocery sector and we intend to see members in Sydney, Cape Breton reach that same standard as they deserve nothing less.”

Bargaining with Sobeys comes on the heels of parent company, Empire, reporting more than $23 billion in sales and $1.8 billion in profits before taxes over the last nine months. 

“These massive and ever-increasing profits are coming from the pockets of grocery store workers who deserve a fair wage for their essential role in the company’s successful operations,” said Murray. 

Unifor represents 119 members who work at the Sobeys store in Sydney. 

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, contact: Unifor National Communications Representative Shelley Amyotte at @email or 902-717-7491.

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Shelley Amyotte

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