PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 02, 2006

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Loblaw talks continue as workers deliver a strike mandate

Statement by Wayne Hanley, National Director of UFCW Canada on the status of negotiations between UFCW Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited regarding Loblaws, Zehrs and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Ontario:

"These negotiations have been difficult and complicated and they continue.

We have asked our members who work at Loblaws, Zehrs and Real Canadian Superstore locations across Ontario to give us a strong strike mandate as a show of support for their negotiating committee comprised of their representatives from UFCW Canada Local 1000A, UFCW Canada Local 1977, and UFCW Canada Local 175 & 633.

Voting began today and as of 3:00 p.m. the tally indicates our members have provided their committee with a mandate of more than 95%.

Strike vote meetings are continuing across the province. Negotiations with the company are also ongoing.

Legally, a strike could begin as early as October 6th at 12:01 a.m. but to date we have not set a strike deadline."

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