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In voting that concluded March 4, UFCW Local 832 Safeway members in Manitoba came out in overwhelming numbers and voted 98% in favour of strike action against Safeway. 

The strike vote was triggered after Sobeys-Safeway showed up at the bargaining table demanding massive rollbacks and concessions to the contract.

"This strike mandate result sends a strong message to Sobeys that the membership won't be bullied," stated President Jeff Traeger. "Sobeys purchased a good company and mismanaged it into the ground, ignoring their long-time employee's experience and advice. Now they want those employees to pay for their mistakes."

The Manitoba contract expires on March 17, meaning Safeway workers across Manitoba would be in a legal position to strike on March 18th. A strike deadline has not been set.

"I have never seen a company with such disregard for its workers,” said Traeger. “The company has only proposed conditions that gut the current collective agreement and only one other non-monetary item has been resolved in the five hours of bargaining that has been accomplished so far."

UFCW 832 and the company were scheduled to meet on March 5, and the union has stated they, “are ready to work around the clock to avoid a strike and achieve a fair contract for the workers.”

UFCW Local 832 represents over 2,200 workers at Safeway stores across Manitoba.

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