Local 175 welcomes new members from Herb & Spice

April 7, 2015 at 12:52pm

Congratulations to the workers at two Herb & Spice locations in Ottawa who voted in favour of joining UFCW Local 175. Employees at the specialty grocery store and health food store wanted a number of improvements in their working conditions, which prompted them to contact the Union.

“Legitimate health and safety concerns played a big part in why these workers wanted Union representation,” explained Local 175 Organizer Ali Farman. “The workers were also looking to gain guaranteed wage increases, end favouritism and have seniority respected by the employer, and achieve better health and welfare benefits.”

“Our Union Reps are extremely knowledgeable about the retail grocery sector,” explained Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty. “These workers are a great fit with our Union and I congratulate them on their courage and perseverance.”

UFCW Locals 175 & 633 already represents more than 20,000 retail grocery workers in many stores across the province including Loblaw-banner stores, Metro-banner stores, Sobeys, YIGs and several independent stores as well.