Unifor represents more than 20,000 members in the Canadian retail and wholesale sectors of the economy, including associated retail warehousing and logistics operations. The majority of Unifor members in this sector work for one of the three largest supermarket chains in Canada including Metro, Sobeys and Loblaws. Other members in this sector work for department stores, pharmacies and other retail outfits.

Media Advisory: Food Basics workers warn customers of pre-Thanksgiving strike deadline

TORONTO —Food Basics workers at grocery stores across Ontario are warning customers of a pre-Thanksgiving September 29 strike deadline.  

“More than 85% of our Food Basics members are in part-time positions, making barely above the minimum wage with no paid sick days,” said Gord Currie, President of Unifor Local 414. “Despite the fact that these workers remained on the frontline throughout the pandemic, now Food Basics wants to eliminate the highest paid full-time jobs in these stores and offer the rest substandard wages.”

Fighting for good retail jobs is long overdue

Jerry Dias, Unifor National President

The 1400-worker strike in Newfoundland at Dominion grocery stores owned by Loblaw Companies Limited, now in its eleventh week, will go down in history as the first major Canadian labour dispute of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On one level, it is a dispute about fundamental workplace standards, wages and job security. Dig deeper and you quickly realize this dispute is about fairness, decency and respect in Canada’s low-wage retail sector.

Grocers wrong to cut pandemic pay

Unifor opposes the decision by Canada’s leading grocery chains to end pandemic pay for their workers at retail outlets across Canada.