billionaire CEO at Loblaw

Tell Loblaw to pay a living wage


In a few short weeks, we’re heading into Loblaw annual investor meeting to tell billionaire CEO Galen Weston that Loblaw workers deserve fair wages.

These meetings are super important and Weston wants Loblaw’s to go smoothly, to uphold the “family-friendly” image. But the Loblaw CEO doesn’t seem to care about average families because he has vocally opposed minimum wage increases. Not only that, he advised shareholders last year to vote against a proposal to pay workers a fair wage.

We have a plan to change his mind by showing him that families in Canada want fair wages for Loblaw workers, not more profits lining the pockets of Weston and his cronies.

Will you join over 17,000 members like you in signing and sharing our petition?

We... want to head into the meeting with over 30,000 signatures to send a strong message about pay equality. But we can’t do it without your help.

Thanks for all you do,

Amelia, Angus and the team at SumOfUs

Loblaw CEO, Galen Weston, took home a whopping $7.5 million last year, while vocally opposing minimum wage increases.

Tell Loblaw to support a living wage in all its stores and franchises.

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Here's a copy of the original email we sent out:

After reaping millions from pilfering working Canadians on bread for decades, Loblaw, Canada's largest food retailer, is showing its true colours. Galen Weston, the billionaire CEO, is vocally opposing minimum wage increases for Loblaw workers, most recently in Ontario.

Loblaw is absolutely massive and owns over 20 different grocery chains across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, Superstore, Zehrs and T&T. Not only that it has its own brands of clothing, financial services, pharmacy items and gasoline.

Instead of supporting its workers by supporting a living wage, it remained shamefully silent when Ontario's radical far-right government proposed scrapping the minimum wage increase. Not only that but last year, when a shareholder proposal for a living wage was proposed at its AGM, the executive board encouraged shareholders to vote against the proposal, preventing any motion towards real workers rights.

The good news is that we can make a difference. Loblaw is just coming out of a huge bread price-fixing scandal that rocked the public’s trust in the company. It cares what the public thinks and a huge outcry now could sway them to do what’s right for its workers.

Tell Loblaw to stop average workers subsidizing million dollar executive wages and pay a living wage to all employees.

Galen Weston, Loblaw CEO, took home a whopping $7.5 million last year, and yet he’s been one of the most vocal opponents of minimum wage increases. It’s time that Loblaw workers got their fair share of the pie with a living wage based on the cost of living for where they work.

Competitors, like Costco, have already caught on that paying living wages benefits everyone and are regarded as a gold standard in the industry for workers wages and benefits. It's time Loblaw got with the game. It employs over 136,000 people across the country and paying a living wage would make a real difference to so many families.

SumOfUs has fought Loblaw before. Earlier this year, we showed up to the AGM with over 14,000 signatures from members like you calling for real accountability on the bread price-fixing scandal and made sure the CEO heard directly from you. As the rich get richer and workers stagnate in below poverty line wages, it’s imperative that we keep working together to demand living wages.

Sign the petition today to tell Loblaw to pay their workers a living wage.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Amelia and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Michael's essay: The great Canadian bread price-fixing scandal. CBC 04 February 2018
These are Canada’s top 100 highest-paid CEOs for 2018, Macleans, 02 January 2018

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