Workers at Metro Tillsonburg learn store’s fate while others still waiting for news

August 24, 2013 at 5:58pm

A week after Metro stated its intent to ‘reorganize’ 15 of its Ontario stores, the company has announced one of the first conversions. Workers at the Tillsonburg Metro store, who are represented by Locals 175 & 633, will be affected when their store is converted over the next eight weeks.

“This was a very difficult week for our Metro members,” explained Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty. “The company has shared very little information with the Union and many more workers are still waiting to find out their future.”

There are approximately 100 unionized workers at the Tillsonburg Metro on Broadway Street.

“We will work closely with our Union members at the Tillsonburg store, and answer any questions they have, throughout the process,” said Haggerty. “We will make sure that the provisions in their collective agreement for conversions are upheld.”

The members currently working at the Tillsonburg Metro will be offered bumping options to any location in Ontario that is covered under the current Metro agreement, a buy-down to continue employment under the new collective agreement, or a significantly enhanced buyout to sever employment.

“I’m not sure the executives at Metro understand the irony and full implications of talking about trying to better meet customer needs while simultaneously driving down wages and benefits in the communities where those customers live,” said Haggerty. “This so-called ‘grocery war’ is decimating the livelihoods of workers and their families. Every time you see really low prices in a store, it’s likely come at the cost of paying decent wages and providing health benefits.”