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The Newfoundland grocery strike against Loblaws & billionaire Galen Weston Jr. is part of a 100+ year war against Weston greed.

In 1897, Galen's great grandfather George Weston opened his "model bakery" in Toronto, and got busy fixing prices and breaking unions.

Read on...
I found the Bakers' Strike advert reprinted above in several 1905-1906 issues of The Tribune, "The Official Organ of the Toronto District Labor Council". Seeing "Weston", I investigated further. Here are some of the actions and views of George Weston between 1905 and 1908:
In spring 1905, the 2-year union agreement with Toronto's "master bakers" was expiring. The master bakers chose not to meet collectively with the union as they had in 1903. Individual agreements were signed with all but three master bakers. George Weston was one of the three.
Weston's "Model Bakery" was the largest in Canada, and he was considered the most powerful master baker in the country. Yet, he demanded wage cuts of $13 to $10 a week and a 1:1 helper-worker ratio designed to push down wages. The union wanted 1:3.

The Tribune, September 9 1905
In 1905, the Toronto Bakery Workers Local 204 launched a strike against Weston and the two others. George Weston immediately committed himself to breaking the strike and the union: "We will not consider taking back any of the men who have gone out."

Toronto World, June 6 1905
During the strike, the Canadian Association of Master Bakers met in Ottawa. George Weston, treasurer of the association, presented a paper entitled "The Open Shop" describing unions "a disturber, destroying competition and favoring monopoly."

Toronto World, Aug 9 1905
Yet, when a "rate war" erupted in early 1906, Weston and the master bakers resolved it with the standard practice of price-fixing.

In 2018 it was revealed George Weston Ltd., a subsidiary of Loblaws, was colluding in fixing bread prices for 15+ years.

Toronto Star May 1 1906
At this point, I exhausted my limited resources in finding out how the strike ended. Who won? Who lost? More research is required. At least we know the union survived. It helped win a strike of Jewish bakery workers in mid-August.

Toronto Star, August 14 and September 1 1906
As 1906 came to a close, nine of Toronto's master bakers came under municipal prosecution for selling underweight loaves of bread. Among those identified was none other than George Weston.

Toronto Star, December 20 1906 and January 18 1907
Thomas Chisholm, president of the Borthwick Baking Co., was a test case and found guilty. Later in 1907 and early 1908, more bakers were fined. Weston's case was repeatedly adjourned until Jan 7 1908.

Toronto Star, Jan 25 1907
Toronto World, Dec 12 1907
Toronto Star, Jan 3 1908
George Weston finally took the stand on January 7 1908. The Toronto Star provided an entire page of verbatim coverage. Weston claimed his bread was in fact overweight, but in the end was found guilty and fined $30.

Toronto Star, January 9 1908
Today, the 3rd richest Canadian is Galen Weston Jr., CEO of George Weston Ltd. and Executive Chair of Loblaws. George Weston's wealth has been passed down through four generations of Westons, along with his penchant for price-fixing and union-busting.
1,400 Newfoundland grocery workers have been on strike at Loblaws-brand Dominion supermarkets for 8 weeks now. They're combating cuts to full-time jobs, low pay for part-timers, and the cuts to pandemic pay. Loblaws is gushing profits.

Victory to @Unifor597!

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