PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 02, 2008

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Prairie strikes set to start at Loblaw Companies banners:

Saskatchewan strike starts Saturday unless settlement reached before midnight tonight. In Alberta strike starts Monday in Edmonton, Tuesday in Calgary.

Workers at Loblaw-banner stores in Saskatchewan could be out on strike this Saturday unless the union and the company reach a settlement before a strike deadline expires tonight.

Meanwhile in Alberta, a strike at Loblaw-banner stores will commence Monday, October 6 in Edmonton, and Tuesday, October 7 in Calgary after an offer delivered by the company yesterday could not be recommended by the bargaining committee.

In Manitoba, a tentative contract reached last week is also on the line as the weekend approaches.

"Members across the prairies have given their local unions overwhelming strike mandates," says Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada, "and time is running out."

"The members and their local unions are fully prepared and ready to strike unless the company puts a fair and decent offer on the table without delay,"

said Hanley. "When they go out they will have the support and resources of our National union and our locals behind them."

IN SASKATCHEWAN bargaining continues between the company and UFCW Canada Local 1400 which represents members working at Loblaw Companies banner locations operated under the Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, and RCWC (Real Canadian Warehouse Club) banners. A Saskatchewan-wide strike has been scheduled to start on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 a.m. unless a settlement is reached with the company by midnight tonight, Thursday, October 2.

IN ALBERTA, UFCW Canada Local 401 has announced a strike will commence Monday, October 6 in Edmonton, and on Tuesday, October 7 in Calgary.

Meetings will be scheduled very soon thereafter in Edmonton and Calgary to vote on the company offers while the strike is ongoing. If the offer is accepted the strike will end. If not, the strike will continue. Union negotiators have recommended rejection of the offers delivered by the company on Wednesday. If the offer is ratified by the members, the strike will end. If not, the strike will continue.

IN MANITOBA, a province-wide strike has been averted for now- at the Loblaw Companies Ltd. banners Real Canadian Superstore and Extra Foods, after UFCW Canada Local 832 reached a tentative agreement with the company on Saturday, September 27. A ratification vote is pending.

 

 

 

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