Save-On-Foods Bargaining Update July 4

Late last week, we reached a tentative agreement with Save-On-Foods that is being recommended by your committee. You and your coworkers made your priorities going into negotiations clear, and the Bargaining Committee worked hard to amplify your voices and address those key issues. Your Bargaining Committee, made up of Save-On-Foods members from across the province, is very proud of the improvements that they were able to secure. That is why they are recommending a YES Vote on the tentative agreement!

So what comes next? Since late last week, our staff and Committee have been planning out the rollout of the terms of the tentative agreement and the voting timeline. Here is a timeline of what you can expect in the coming days and weeks regarding the tentative agreement and how to vote:

July 10: Advisory Committee and Steward Zoom Calls

We have committed to ensuring our workplace leaders, including the Advisory Committee and Shop Stewards, are informed about the terms of the tentative agreement first. On Monday, July 10, we are holding Zoom calls with the Save-On-Foods Advisory Committee and with Shop Stewards to go over the details of the tentative agreement so that these worksite leaders can support you and answer any questions you may have. If you are a Shop Steward, we will send you an invite to this meeting shortly.

July 11: Members Receive Tentative Agreement Details

We will email out the tentative agreement, including a summary of what was bargained, the morning of July 11 so that all members have time to review it before the Telephone Town Hall at 7 pm. Bargaining Committee members and staff will also be available to answer any questions you have throughout the week.

July 11: All Member Telephone Town Hall Meeting7pm

We are holding a Telephone Town Hall on July 11 from 7–8 pm PDT. All Save-On-Foods members can attend to hear about the deal and ask questions live. Participating in the Town Hall is as easy as answering your phone. If we don’t have your number, check your email for more information. A reminder for this call will go out on July 10. You can also stream the call live and ask your questions online.

July 12–15: Online Voting Period

Online voting will be held from WEDNESDAY, July 12 @ 12 pm PDT to SATURDAY, July 15 @ 12 pm PDT. Your voting credential will be sent to your email address on Wednesday, July 12.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I see the details of the tentative agreement? 📎

We know that you are eager to see the improvements to your wages and working conditions that you will be voting on. These documents will be reviewed with your Advisory Committee and Shop Stewards on July 10. The documents will be available on July 11 for all members to review and ask any questions you have.

Who do I contact if I don’t receive Voting Credentials in my inbox? 🗳️

If you don’t get your credentials on Wednesday, July 12 @ 12 pm, please call 1-800-661-3708 or with your full name, employee ID, store number, email address, and phone number.

If you don’t have a computer or consistent access to the internet on your phone or at home, the union will request that your store managers make the onsite computer available for voting so that everyone can participate!

I can’t attend the Telephone Town Hall. How do I get my questions answered?

If you have questions about bargaining, the voting process, or this message please email Continue to check your email for updates about the Telephone Town Hall and stay tuned for a detailed summary of the tentative agreement early next week. We will also include those documents on the Save-on-Foods bargaining hub when they are ready.

Again, our Bargaining Committee is strongly recommending this tentative agreement, and we are looking forward to sharing the details with you shortly! Please remember to keep a close eye on your email for all the details as they come out, as well as more voting information. We are doing this vote online to make it as accessible as we can to all members (including those who may be on vacation), and we will have staff monitoring phones and emails to answer any questions you have about the document once it is sent out by email on July 11. Bargaining Committee members and staff will be in as many work locations as we can reach beginning July 11. Please ensure all of your coworkers have their emails up to date so they get the information that they need to vote.

In solidarity,

Kim Novak
President, UFCW 1518