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Loblaws frontline staff to see $2 raise amidst crisis

A cleared out toilet paper aisle at a Halifax Superstore on March 8, 2020 (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

CALGARY (660 News) – The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) say they’ve reached a deal with Loblaws that will see front-line employees across the country see a $2 wage increase.

In a release posted to their website, they say the raise will be applied to the hourly wages of both part-time and full-time employees.

An international effort to create stronger measures preventing the spread of COVID-19 at grocery stores is also underway with input from Loblaws and American retailers.

“UFCW is fully committed to working with industry partners to face and overcome the challenge of containing COVID-19 and making sure that Canadians have a steady supply of essentials throughout this process. We commend Loblaw for showing leadership on this wage increase and call on other employers to follow this important example,” adds UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema.

The UFCW represents upwards of 90,000 Loblaws employees across multiple brands country-wide.