They march day after day, night after night for fairness.
Local 1006A members working at Baxtrom's Your Independent Grocer in Cornwall have been on strike since Friday, Nov 23, 2018. They have seen strong support from the community of Cornwall which has rallied around them.
"It is cold, damp and raining but we need to do this. We are a little town but we need to be treated fairly," said one member, who works at the store.
Talks broke off as the company refused to move off a final offer which would lock workers into a long contract without a living wage increase, leaving members with more than 25 years of service 60 cents above minimum wage.
Baxtrom’s Your Independent Grocer is a franchise of Loblaw Companies Ltd– the number one grocery retailer in Canada.
The company is trying to bully workers and their families in smaller communities like Cornwall because they think they can. It is possible to run a good business without hurting the hardworking people who give their best to make the company successful.
Workers are calling for a fair deal with a living wage increase.
The company’s proposals would hurt the livelihoods of workers and their families in Cornwall. We are calling on the company to negotiate a fair contract with a living wage increase that acknowledges the valuable role our members play in making Loblaw the multi-billion dollar success it is today.
“Honestly, the community of Cornwall has been extremely supportive,” said another worker from the store. “We have seen strong support, day after day and night after night.”
Workers at Baxtrom’s YIG are calling on friends and neighbours to support them by shopping elsewhere during the labour dispute.