Safeway Workers Vote 98% in Favour of Strike Authorization

We are very excited to announce that not only did we have a 98% vote YES to authorizing strike action – we had the highest voter turnout at Safeway in decades! Our first online vote with Sobeys/Safeway members was an overwhelming success, and we now have a strong mandate as we return to the bargaining table next week.

Your strong support for the strike authorization shows that UFCW 1518 members are united and ready to fight for what they deserve at the Sobeys bargaining table. As Empire has reported higher profit, stores continue to see investment and growth plans appear to be the priority – we want to ensure workers do not get left behind. That means fair wage increases, access to full-time jobs, and respect for the hard and important work you do every day.

We will not be issuing strike notice immediately in Zone 1 stores, as we have bargaining dates scheduled from September 20-29. We want to assure you that we take this mandate very seriously. Our bargaining committee is ready to call a strike if necessary – but our focus in these next several dates of bargaining is to reach an agreement we can bring back to you – our members for a vote.

We will continue to keep you updated on progress and any developments that arise at the bargaining table. Your engagement and involvement in this process are critical to how we got to the strong position we are in today, so please keep that momentum growing and stay informed as bargaining resumes!

I want to sincerely thank all of the Shop Stewards and workplace leaders who have worked tirelessly to mobilize the vote, ensure all workers know what we are fighting for, and for uniting our Safeway membership. And a thank you to every single member for getting involved and providing a strong and unwavering commitment to your bargaining committee to return to the negotiating table with thousands of Safeway workers strongly behind them.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

In solidarity,

Kim Novak
UFCW 1518 President