(October 30, 2018) The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1400 has delivered strike notice to Saskatoon Co-op. A strike could take place as early as November 1, 2018.
Saskatoon Co-op is disappointed that the union walked away from its best and final offer after spending more than a year negotiating a new agreement. This offer provided higher wages and increases than comparable competitors in Saskatoon.
“We’ve made an offer that protects our employees’ wages and benefits while ensuring our Co- op can remain competitive in the long-term,” said Grant Wicks, Chief Executive Officer of Saskatoon.
Saskatoon Co-op will keep most locations open in the event of a strike to ensure that its members and customers are still being served. Full details on open locations and hours will be shared through www.saskatoonco-op.crs.
“We value the longstanding relationship we have with our union,” said Wicks, who noted that Saskatoon Co-op has been partnering with UFCW Local 1400 since 1979. “Throughout negotiations, we have found common ground on a number of issues. We’re committed to continuing to work together to come to an agreement that’s fair and equitable for both parties.”
Saskatoon Co-op has been serving Saskatoon and the surrounding communities since 1936. The decisions made today will allow this local, member-owned business to serve its customers, members and communities long into the future.
About Saskatoon Co-op
Saskatoon Co-op is a retail co-operative that has proudly served Saskatoon and area for more than 82 years. Today, Saskatoon Co-op serves more than 116,000 members — and many more customers — in Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville, Colonsay and Watrous where it operates 30 locations. Since 2013, Saskatoon Co-op has returned more than $53 million to its members in cash back and equity and paid over $215 million in wages, while contributing over $2.5 million to community organizations and initiatives.
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Chief Executive Officer, Saskatoon Co-op