October 22nd, 2018 Media Release

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October 21, 2018
October 22nd, 2018 Media Release

No agreement was reached after Moose Jaw Co-op went back to the bargaining table with their partner Union, UFCW Local 1400 today.  The Union continued to reject wages higher than competing stores in Moose Jaw. 

Gerry Onyskevitch, Moose Jaw Co-op’s General Manager, expressed that while he was hopeful the labour disruption would have been resolved, the union continues to insist on removing a second-tier wage scale that their members voted for in 2014.

“We came to agreement on implementing second-tier tier wages during our 2014 round of bargaining, but now the Union is choosing to impact our employees, business and community years later,” said Onyskevitch.

“Our Unionized competitors in Moose Jaw have second and third-tier wage scales, dating back to as early as 1995. UFCW has chosen to take a principled stand against Co-op while continuing to support the same principle in the stores of our competitors.” 

Onyskevitch stated that Moose Jaw Co-op has put forward a compensation package that provides industry-leading wages and benefits for all employees. 

“We provide a compensation package that respects our employees and their contributions to our business. The Union’s claim that this package is not fair is simply unfounded, especially considering that our wages start higher and increase faster than competitors in our own city.

We believe our community and our members have a right to know the facts about what our employees are paid, what we have offered at the bargaining table and how this compares to other UFCW unionized retails in Moose Jaw.”

In support of this, Moose Jaw Co-op has posted the full wage schedule as proposed in their best and final offer on their website, along with information from other UFCW Local 1400 collective agreements in Moose Jaw. 

Onyskevitch expressed optimism that a fair and equitable resolution would be achieved, but again asserted a responsibility to manage the long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the Co-op. 

“We have not locked any employees out and will continue to support employees who wish to work.  We thank the community and our members for their support. We look forward to coming to an agreement with our union partners so that we can continue to serve our community.”

For updates to our store hours during this strike, please continue to visit www.moosejawcoop.com.

 

About Moose Jaw Co-op

Moose Jaw Co-op is a retail co-operative that has proudly served Moose Jaw and surrounding area for more than 70 years. Today, Moose Jaw Co-op serves more than 17,000 members — and many more customers — in Moose Jaw and surrounding communities, where it operates the Marketplace Food Store, three gas bar locations, Agro Centre and cardlock.

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For more information on Moose Jaw Co-op and comparisons to the industry on wages and benefits, see the attached media backgrounder.

For more information contact:

Gerry Onyskevitch
General Manager
Moose Jaw Co-operative Association
Email: mjcoop@sasktel.net