Today I went to another information meeting, as well as voted whether or not I wanted to go on strike. I won’t reveal my vote here as that’s a secret ballot, but I will reveal what I learned at the meeting.
Basically Loblaws (which owns and runs Real Canadian Superstore and other grocery store chains) does not want to give the employees anything this time around. Instead they are asking for major concessions and reductions, none of which are agreeable to me as a worker. For instance, they want to pay part-time employees different than full-time employees and want to cut the minimum 4 hours a week difference between restricted and available anytime employees. They also want to severely reduce or eliminate most of the benefits I’m entitled to as an employee and member of my union.
Our union is asking for some basic things:
- More hours for existing employees, and quit hiring new employees to reduce hours given to current employees.
- Sick pay – you shouldn’t be forced to come to work if you are sick just because you need the money. This is especially true for those who work with food!
- Stopping employee abuse by customers
- Sensitivity to new Canadians please!
- Better enforcement of the contract.
- Longer coffee breaks (from 15 to 20 minutes) and time between shifts from 8 to 12 hours due to harder workloads
- Real career opportunities
- Better wages
- Supervisors should become part of the union! (Yes, currently all Superstore and Liquorstore supervisors are not members of the union!)
- Other issues that need to be addressed.
If it does come down to a strike, I ask you NOT to shop at Superstores or Liquorstores during the strike to show you support the employees and their union during contract negotiations! I will be sure to keep you all up to date on what’s happening as I learn the info from my union, or you can visit gounion.ca for the details yourself!
In my writing, I haven’t worked since last week on “A Guardian’s Duty” and I apologize for being lazy on that. I will try and work on it today and tomorrow before I have to get ready and go to work.
On the other hand, I did complete Leet Link Aye and it’s now ready for visitors and new members to join. I am planning to purchase a new domain for a news site I will be calling Leet News Network, and I will be looking for writers and an editor or two to help with the site. If you would be interested in such a thing, please contact me and we can go from there.
Got to go work on my writing, so take care now.