Strike vote announced for Real Canadian Superstore and Liquorstore employees in Alberta
Unionized workers at the Real Canadian Superstore and Liquorstore in Grande Prairie will take part in a strike vote later this month, as contract talks between the union and Loblaw companies have stalled.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401 Communications rep Christine McMeckan says food safety, and not enough hours to do their job properly, are the major concerns.
She adds there is a complete disconnect between the owners and their stores in Alberta.
"They just spent 12.4 billion dollars to buy the Shoppers Drug Mart chain. And what we are very concerned about is that they are trying to subsidize that and other expansion business on the backs of their workers. They are slashing hours and not giving people enough time to do the work."
McMeckan adds that leads to empty store shelves or outdated food being on shelves.
The vote for Grande Prairie workers will take place on August 25th, but results will not be known until employees in other rural Alberta communities hold their votes later that week.
The strike vote affects between 200-300 unionized workers at the Grande Prairie locations.
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