Loblaw, union talks break off; strike mandate sought

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Despite the presence of a conciliator, talks between grocer Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX-V:L) and its nearly 30,000 United Food and Commercial Workers Union workers broke off on Monday, the union announced.

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The two sides cancelled further scheduled talks in July, and the union announced it will seek a strike mandate in separate votes around the province during the next three weeks.

UFCW also is seeking a "no board" report from the federal government.

Strike action would affect 12 Loblaws branches in Ottawa and one in Gatineau.

Organizations: Loblaws

Geographic location: Ottawa, Gatineau

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  • jackie
    July 06, 2010 - 12:18

    all loblaws employees should stop buying their groceries at loblaws right now. They should get their friends and neighbours to boycott loblaws now. Do this prior to any new talks scheduled so that the message is sent out to loblaws that the employees can take action on their own. I know that if I read on the net to boycott a store when a company was trying to slash wages of the employees then I definately would boycott that store. We have the internet. Time to put it to good use and show these mega companies not to fool around with Canadian workers. Galen Weston can plaster his face on the tv with his commercials of all his new products and how good they are. Well doesnt he realize that a happy employee makes for good profits as well??

    • checkergirl
      July 12, 2010 - 18:04

      Asking employees to take a 25% wage cut is unreal. Ask Weston junior if he would give up 25% of his yearly salary. For years the workers has make concessions. We were asked to be patient while the company restructured, we’ve done this. Now that the company is at its all time high in profits etc they decide to pay us back with job cuts, wage cuts, strip us of our seniority, is this the way they show gratitude? We have not asked for more money or more benefits, we asked for job security and seniority to be respected plain and simple, we didn’t want more we just wanted to keep what we worked very hard to obtain. It does show that the rich get richer and greed corrupts their way of reasonable thinking.

    • LuckyLouis
      July 14, 2010 - 18:11

      Loblaws should stop worrying about Walmart and start looking within. Look after the Employees who have put in years of service and reward them for it.