PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 28, 2013

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Overwaitea Negotiations Grind to a Halt, Continue Next Week

After nine days of bargaining, negotiations between UFCW 247 members and Overwaitea Foods hit a wall late Thursday night with the two sides agreeing to return to the table next week. The bargaining committee and the Company met June 17-21 and 24-27 with the majority of the issues resolved but it became apparent to both sides that there was a fundamental difference of opinion of the remaining outstanding items. The Company had tabled a full monetary offer earlier this week and the progress was certainly made but neither side was able to find a middle ground on the 4-5 proposals left.

We have agreed to continue the bargaining next week with July 3rd and 4th set aside. The hope is that we can reach a settlement and schedule ratification meetings shortly after but there is also the chance the meetings may turn into strike votes. Please continue to check the site during the two days scheduled for further updates.

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