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Talks Break Off for 30,000 Loblaw Workers in Ontario

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, May 04, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Negotiations between the Union and the company came to a halt for 30,000 members working at Loblaws, Zehrs, Great Food Store, Real Canadian Superstore and Fortinos across Ontario. Fifty-six members from United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 175, 633, 1000A and 1977 make up the negotiating committee. The four Locals have upheld a solidarity pact, which was introduced at the commencement of previous negotiations in 2005, which lead to a successful outcome.

With unanimous support of the bargaining committee, the Union has contacted the Ministry of Labour to request the appointment of a conciliation officer. This is the first time in Loblaws bargaining history that conciliation was absolutely necessary this early in negotiations.

The company is unwilling to bargain productively. The company has made it clear that they only want to operate under the economics of the RCSS and Great Food banners, which will eliminate all conventional collective agreements. They also want to erode existing conditions in RCSS and Great Food. They categorically refuse to address any of the Union's proposals regarding conventional stores. Ultimately, these changes would negatively affect 30,000 employees and their families, despite the company's recent announcement of a 25% increase in profits.

The four Local Unions are prepared to negotiate and will be meeting with the company and conciliator in June.




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