PRESS RELEASE: JULY 20, 2010

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Ontario Loblaw talks resume after massive strike mandate

Loblaw Companies Limited and UFCW Canada Local 1000A, Local 1977, and Locals 175 & 633 are scheduled to meet with an Ontario Ministry of Labour mediator this week, just days after the members of the local unions delivered an overwhelming 97% strike mandate to their bargaining committees. Face-to-face talks to bargain a new collective agreement broke off in June.

Following the issuance of a “No Board” report, the three local unions are now in a legal strike position, with about 30,000 Ontario members at Loblaw-banner stores including Loblaws, Zehrs, Great Canadian Food, and Real Canadian Superstores. A contract for members working at another Loblaw’s banner — Fortinos — does not expire until next year.

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