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.

Purdy’s workers ratify new contract

VANCOUVER—Wage increases and shift premiums are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified September 14 by Unifor members at Purdy’s Chocolatier.

“This contract makes important gains for workers struggling to cope with the rising cost of living in Metro Vancouver,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Purdy’s workers set midnight strike deadline

VANCOUVER—Members of Unifor Local 2000 working at Purdy’s Chocolatier could be on strike at midnight if the employer refuses to make a fair wage offer during negotiations today.

“Unifor members have helped make Purdy’s a household name in British Columbia,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Workers at Purdy’s deserve a fair contract that protects their wages from inflation during uncertain economic times.”

Purdy’s workers reach tentative deal before midnight deadline

VANCOUVER—Unifor Local 2000’s bargaining committee has secured a tentative agreement with Purdy’s Chocolatier during negotiations that went down to the deadline set by the union.

“I’m proud of the solidarity and the work done by Local 2000 members to reach a tentative deal that advances their goals,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. 

Retail and Wholesale Sector Profile

Sector Facts and Figures Total GDP Share of Canadian GDP $208.5 billion 10.55% Exports $9.3 billion Imports $6.9 billion Foreign Trade Balance 5-year change +$2.4 billion +19.8% Total Employment (2021...

HBC Logistics warehouse workers ratify new contract

TORONTO–E-commerce warehouse workers at HBC Logistics have voted overwhelming at 80% to accept a new tentative agreement, ending a nine-day strike action.

“These workers stood firm with the full weight of Unifor behind them to successfully fight for retroactive pay to cover the time that they worked during the pandemic without a contract,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi.

Striking HBC Logistics warehouse workers reach tentative agreement

TORONTO–Striking e-commerce warehouse workers at HBC Logistics will vote on a tentative agreement reached between the company and Unifor Local 40’s bargaining committee. 

“I congratulate the bargaining committee on reaching a tentative agreement for these workers, primarily women with the majority being newcomers, who literally carried The Bay through the pandemic,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. 

The Bay e-commerce warehouse workers on strike

TORONTO–More than 330 e-commerce warehouse workers at HBC Logistics (The Bay) began strike action at noon today. Negotiations broke down suddenly after the company refused to offer an increase in compensation for the past year, when workers continued to provide services without a contract during the pandemic.

Contract delivers higher wages and groundbreaking benefits to part-time Metro warehouse workers

TORONTO—Unifor members at Metro Distribution Centre warehouses have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new collective agreement that delivers substantial wage increases and a groundbreaking prescription drug plan to 225 part-time workers.

“We are pleased to say this collective agreement recognizes the work and commitment these employees bring to the success of the Metro chain,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. 

Message to Metro Distribution Centre members

To Unifor Local 414 Metro Distribution Centre members, Your bargaining committee has reached a new tentative agreement with Metro that will be presented to members at ratification meetings to be held...