PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 09, 2008

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Strike averted at Alberta Superstore's

Pending strikes have been averted by workers at Real Canadian Superstore in Calgary and Edmonton after staff accepted an offer from the company, according to the union that represents the employees.

An acceptance vote by 58 per cent of Calgary employees put strike plans to rest Wednesday night. Staff said they would have gone on strike at one minute after midnight today had they rejected the contract.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 says the company's offer represents "a new and substantial improvement to the last company offer."

However, the weak support for the deal shows "there is a lot of work to be done in the next four years," said UFCW president Doug O'Halloran.

The union was seeking wage increases, more available hours for part-time workers and an increase in full-time positions.

Loblaw Co., which owns the grocery chain, wanted concessions in benefits, vacation time and guarantees of full-time hours.

In Edmonton and Calgary combined, there are 7,500 staff at the chain's 25 supermarkets and liquor stores.

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