UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

May 18, 2006 15:59 ET


COUNCIL WILL OFFER LOCAL UNIONS THE ABILITY TO COORDINATE AND FORM POLICY ON NEGOTIATIONS AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION ISSUES WITH NATIONAL RETAIL CHAINS AND INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2006) - UFCW Canada National Director Wayne Hanley today announced the formation of the UFCW Canada National Retail Council.

The establishment of the Council was born, and evolved out of recommendations from the International Committee on the Future of the UFCW, after the 2003 California labour dispute with Safeway, Vons and Albertsons and the election of UFCW International President Joe Hansen.

The Council will offer Local Unions the ability to coordinate and form policy on negotiations and contract administration issues with national retail chains and individual employers.

With current and upcoming negotiations with Loblaw Companies, the Council will work to develop policy that will resolve grievances in an expeditious and timely manner, to work towards shorter collective agreements, and, to develop minimum standards for collective bargaining.

In light of the current labour dispute at Extra Foods in British Columbia, the Council will explore the establishment of a 'Fight Back Fund' to assist local unions involved in prolonged and unnecessary labour disputes.

"The future of the Council is a positive step forward for UFCW Canada and our Local Unions," said Director Hanley. "It will ensure that commitments made by companies will be kept and employers will be held accountable for their actions."


Contact Information

  • Michael Forman, National Media Coordinator, UFCW CANADA
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1104 ext. 249
    Secondary Phone: 416-579-8330