Our Winners

It feels good to win!

Here are a few of the fine people who discovered goodgroceries.ca and won!

Not only did they discover how easy it is to play and win, they also found valuable information about what Alberta Safeway workers are all about, what unions are all about, and what it means to stand together as retail food workers.

Whether you’re a unionized Safeway worker, a non-union Sobeys worker, or a customer, this game will provide some insight into what Safeway workers are thinking as they get ready to negotiate for the first time with their new employer Sobeys.

Play often. Draws for winners occur each week! Will you be next?

Jolanta Starozik

“My name is Jolanta Starozik. I work part-time as a cashier at Safeway in Edmonton and I am glad to be a 401 member. I found out about the Good Groceries contest during our union meeting about year ago. I didn’t visit this page until late November/early December when I had a spare time on my day off. The game itself is not complicated. It was a total surprise when I received the message from my Union Rep, Shauna, that I won the contest. The $250 grocery gift card came just in time when work hours are being cut and my job security is under threat. I believe that we need to stay strong and united, and our union should be allowed to speak freely to Sobeys employees, who should not fear that they might lose their job if they decide to join the union. Thanks to my union, for years I was protected at my workplace having guaranteed minimum hours, wages, benefits for part time employees, etc. I am grateful for my union and I am for every customer who shops at Safeway.”

Bushra Jamal

Thanks to our latest winner, Bushra Jamal, for playing the Good Groceries game. Bushra saw the poster in her lunchroom at the Safeway store she works at and decided to play to win. Playing on her coffee and lunch breaks she said, “I may have entered anywhere between eight and ten times or even more.” When her Union Rep Sam asked her how she felt about winning the $250 gift card she responded, “That’s really great. I have been working at Safeway for ten years and have been a member of UFCW 401 all those years. This is my first time of winning anything from the union. I thank the union so much!” Always thinking of others, she concluded by saying, “I hope this will continue until other members win too.” Congrats, Bushra!

Mike Woolridge

Mike, a UFCW member working at the Starlight Casino in West Edmonton Mall, is one of the latest winners of the Good Groceries contest. He says he found out about the contest on Facebook. “It seemed like an ad so I didn’t pay much attention to it until I saw one of my Facebook friends was a winner,” Mike says. In playing the game and entering the contest he says he found the information interesting. “It was an easy and great way to get information on the history and facts,” he concludes. Congrats, Mike and thanks for your interest in your fellow UFCW members at Alberta’s Safeway stores.

James Mercer

James started with Safeway in April of 2017 as a part-time courtesy clerk. James’ son also works for Safeway as a store manager. James became aware of the contest by the promotional materials on the lunchroom table left by his Union Representative. He says he played the game and entered many times because he found it to be a really fun way to pass some time. James says that while he found the information to be informative, he was already aware of many of the facts before playing the game. He is thrilled to have won and says he will continue to visit the site and play the game.

Glenn Miller

Congratulations to our latest Good Groceries winner, Glenn. He is retired from his position at Firestone. He is also still very active within the labour movement and is working with many organizations to get working people benefits. Glenn tells us that he is very aware of the UFCW and what we do and is willing to assist in any possible way with ensuring Safeway workers are successful in their upcoming negotiations and is happy to help out with the campaign. He is very active on Facebook and has a lot of friends within the labour movement. Glenn also has 2 children and 7 grandchildren. Thanks for playing, Glenn. And thank you for your support!

Ivy Tennis

Our latest Good Groceries winner is Ivy Tennis. She been retired for 5 years and as a retiree herself, she is concerned about workers who do not have a fair pension or those who do not have one at all because she sees a lot of people in her age demographic who do not have enough to survive on. She was interested to learn from the Good Groceries game that Safeway workers have a union but Sobeys workers do not. Sadly, Ivy was one of many loyal Safeway shoppers who have suffered as a result of one of the Safeway stores closing in her community. She can no longer justify shopping at Safeway since the closest one is now too far for her to shop at. She feels that the company needs to do more for communities because they are employing people from those communities. She is also very excited about the upcoming World Junior hockey games, and is a little upset that the NHL players cannot play this year, but believes that Canada has a good team regardless. Thanks for playing, Ivy, and thank you also for your support of Alberta Safeway workers!

Nathan Zarich

Congratulations to Nathan for being one of December’s winners. Nathan works at Safeway in Calgary and is a 401 member. He found out about the contest from attending the general membership union meetings. He says he learned a lot from playing and was excited to tell his family and friends about it so they could play too!

Mark Lescano

Mark is one of the many lucky 401 members who played and won. Mark found out about the contest from his Union Rep, Shauna, and was thrilled to win, especially because his coworkers teased him that he wouldn’t win – now they’re all playing too! Mark says he found the game to be easy to navigate and it was also very informative.

Carol Payne

Our latest Good Groceries winner is Carol Payne from Edmonton. She discovered it while she was surfing the Local 401 website gounion.ca. Carol says she “wasted no time in trying” out the game and it paid off big time!
Carol is a Superstore member and when her Union Rep, Sam Nuako, came to her at her store to give her the $250 gift card, she asked him, “am I in trouble?” Sam had a bit of fun with it and responded, “yes you are! Because you just won for yourself a big prize!”
Carol was both excited and surprised by her win and said that she thought the game was very interesting and fun to do.
Congratulations Carol and thank you so much for playing and learning more about your fellow 401ers as they take on their employer Sobeys in upcoming negotiations. When we stick together, there are no limits to what we can accomplish!

Amanda Rogers

Amanda tells us that winning this gift card came at the perfect time and we couldn’t be happier to hear that. Her mother is one of our very own fantastic Shop Stewards, Norma Johnson, and knows all about the Union Advantage. She heard about the contest when she attended the 401 member open house and BBQ August 20th in Edmonton and decided to try her luck and play. Amanda has 3 children and says that the gift card was sent from heaven through UFCW 401. We are so happy this came at a time when you really needed it, Amanda. Congratulations!

Daria Douglas

Daria works as a children’s caregiver and she loves kids. Daria and her boyfriend were driving when she saw the billboard advertising the contest and started playing the game on her phone. It was just that random and easy! She didn’t expect to win but she’s happy that she did. Congrats, Daria and thanks for playing!

Leon Murray Wright

Leon is a 42 year Safeway worker at Edmonton’s Grange location. Leon found out about the contest through an information pamphlet at work. His coworkers were teasing him that no one would actually win this kind of contest. Leon didn’t listen to them, went to the website and played the game and now he is the one laughing! Thanks for playing Leon!

Michelle Winchester

Michelle works at the U of A and happened to see one of the goodgroceries.ca billboards in Edmonton and decided to check out the website. She had fun playing and learning about what’s going on and was very surprised to win $250 worth of groceries! Michelle never expect that she would win. Will you be the next one to be happily surprised?

Fran Weekes

Finding our contest on Facebook, Fran is one of our recent winners in this contest. Having retired 3 years ago, Fran worked in the Federal Government for 33 years and is very proud to have belonged to her union at that workplace. She spends most of her time doing volunteer work now. In fact, she voluteers at Wings of Providence for 10 years and realized that she’s heard of us before when talking to Union Organizer Catherine Lelis about 401’s shoe drive last year where we collected nearly 1000 pairs of shoes for women in need. It’s a small world! Congrats, Fran. We are thrilled you played and won.

Lucy Nicoletti

Lucy received the information about the campaign from her sister. She played the game on her iPad and it froze a couple of times but was still able to enter into the contest. She said that the obligations for the employer are to have fair pricing, fully stocked items, convenience, and fair treatment of employees. Congratulations, Lucy and thank you for your interest in Safeway workers and fairness.

Nancy Dallaire

Nancy is one of our latest winners of the contest. Working at one of the St. Albert Safeway stores, Nancy heard about the contest through her Shop Steward Margaret McCauley when she brought it up as a topic of discussion at the morning store meeting. Nancy believes that grocery stores have an obligation to their communities to support them and should promote a workplace that is healthy and happy. “Happy and healthy employees make for happy and healthy communities”, she says. Never believing she’d win, Nancy is now committed to ensuring all her coworkers enter the contest regularly. Thanks for the support, Nancy and congratulations!

Grace Struthers

Grace found out about this contest through Facebook. Her and her husband Mike are self-employed and were aware that Safeway was unionized but didn’t know before playing the Goodgroceries.ca contest that Sobeys employees were not! Grace, like many customers, is frustrated with the lack of items on the shelves at Sobeys that are used in the flyer to draw customers to their stores. We are very grateful that she is also so supportive of the employees at Safeway and is going to support them no matter the outcome of negotiations. She commits to continue her support of the workers throughout their stuggles with Sobeys to ensure fairness and a company they can be once again proud to work for. Congratulations and thanks for playing, Grace!