WINNIPEG, March 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The consolidation of Sobey's Winnipeg
cheese and ice cream operations will cost 50 employees their jobs,
Unifor Local 468 was informed today.
"It's always disappointing to learn about layoffs in the name of
cost-cutting at a profitable firm like Sobey's," said Scott Doherty,
Unifor's Western Director.
Sobey's told employees that its Lucerne Foods Winnipeg plant will close
on August 29, 2014. Sobey's bought Safeway in June 2013 and promised at
the time to retain Safeway workers.
"Our members are shocked because this came out of the blue and
contradicts earlier Sobey's statements about job security. We're all
quite saddened," said Mark Armstrong, President of Local 468.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org