Sobeys Bargaining Update: Tentative Agreement Reached

UFCW 1518 is pleased to share that late last night we reached a tentative agreement with Sobeys for a new contract for workers at Safeway and FreshCo Pharmacy.

The Sobeys Bargaining Committee worked tirelessly since September 20 to reach an agreement that they are strongly recommending to the membership

With over 75 pages of agreed items, there is a lot of work to do in preparation for a vote. In the leadup to the vote, the Bargaining Committee will connect with the Sobeys Advisory Committee and Shop Stewards and carefully review the agreement with Union Reps. Then, UFCW 1518 will provide all members with a rollout plan, which will include when members can expect to see the details of the contract and ask questions ahead of a ratification vote. 

UFCW 1518 is also committed to standing in solidarity with workers in the Safeway deli, meat and seafood departments, members of UFCW 247, who will return to the bargaining table shortly. UFCW 1518 has worked closely with UFCW 247 throughout bargaining, including taking strike votes within the same time frames. Now that an agreement has been reached, UFCW 1518 will continue to support 247 in their fight for a fair deal. 

The Bargaining Committee would like to thank members for their support and unwavering solidarity—the 98% strike vote gave the committee the mandate to push Sobeys to make the offer members needed to see.

Safeway and FreshCo Pharmacy members cna expect more details about the deal and the plan moving forward next week. As always, members should stay tuned to their email inbox for the latest information. Members who are not receiving our emails should reach out to with their full name, store number, employee ID, email address, and cell number.