A grievance filed by the union regarding head coverings worn by members working in the Loblaw warehouse has been settled.
The issue began when Loblaw’s DC 1957 warehouse in South Surrey banned members working in the warehouse from wearing hoodies on the shop floor, despite the fact that since 2009, the DC 1957 warehouse had allowed hoodies and other head coverings to be worn, as long as the hood did not go past the person’s temple and did not obstruct their vision.
While this issue may not seem significant at first glance, the warehouse is a controlled environment facility, and union members were accustomed to wearing their hoodies in the wet and cold environment while performing their daily duties.
Workers felt the recent hoodies ban policy was unreasonable and put in place without any meaningful consultation, and the union filed a grievance over the issue. Prior to a scheduled arbitration hearing, company representatives contacted UFCW 247 Secretary-Treasurer Dan Goodman along with Union Rep Eric Seto and the union’s legal counsel, and a settlement to the policy grievance was reached.
The company agreed to rescind the head coverings ban and reinstated the previous policy, in what is a good victory for the UFCW 247 members at DC 1957.
The terms of the settlement are:
If you have any questions, please discuss with a member of your workplace’s Joint Health & Safety Committee or your Shop Steward.