PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 22, 2018

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Ontario UFCW members vote 97% in favour of strike action

Members of UFCW Locals 175 & 633 employed at Metro grocery stores in Ontario have given their Union Negotiating Committee a 97% strike mandate.

The agreement covers 6,500 workers at 54 stores across Ontario.

“Our members have sent a clear message that they expect the employer to get back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement,” said UFCW Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty.

“With this strong mandate, the members have shown they support their negotiating committee, and that they are prepared to take strike action if necessary.”

The Union is seeking dates to continue bargaining­ with the employer and has requested the assistance of a conciliation officer from the Ontario Ministry of Labour for those meetings.

“The Union continues to pursue a negotiated fair deal with the employer and we hope this action by the members will motivate the employer to return to the table to achieve that goal,” added President Haggerty.

UFCW Locals 175 & 633 represents more than 70,000 union members, including 37,000 in grocery retail stores across Ontario.

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