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CFTK Reports on Extra Foods Workers Fight for a Living Wage

June 17, 2010

“There's a lot to be said for a company paying a living wage and that's something that employees of these stores have had the opportunity to earn. Loblaws wants take that away and the only rationale that we can see is just simply greed, I mean they want to suck more money out of these communities in  B.C. and send it back to Toronto it's just about creating even more profit in an already profitable venture"

- Andy Neufeld, Director of Communications UFCW Local 1518

Watch CFTK's Report on-line

Prince Rupert Employees Accuse Loblaws of Being Greedy

Tue, 2010-06-15 16:39.

Local News

Extra Foods employees in Prince Rupert didn't have a problem with Loblaws wanting to convert its store to a No Frills. It did become an issue when the Toronto-based company said it was going to impose a 40-percent wage cut for its employees. "The problem that we've got and the problem that our union's members have is that they want to impose a contract for these No Frills stores that would see a drastic reduction for their wages and there's simply no justification for that because these stores are doing just fine" said Director of Communications for UFCW Local 1518, Andy Neufeld.

Neufeld calls it a classic case of corporate greed and says Loblaws needs to be willing to negotiate, not make demands. Two dozen employees have been on strike since the beginning of the month and will continue to do so until a mutual contract is negotiated. Neufeld says as it stand Loblaws is not making an effort to resolve the issue. Employees of a Maple Ridge Extra Foods have been on strike over the same issue for a year and a half.