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Monday June 29th, 2015

Posted at 7:40pm

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If more than 1,600 employees at nine area Zehrs Great Food and Real Canadian Superstore locations go on strike Thursday, the company says stores will remain open.

“At this point, the union will strike Thursday. Our focus is on our customers and all nine regional stores impacted by the strike will remain open. We will do this with local management and colleagues from across our business,” said Kevin Groh, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Communication

More than 14,000 members of United Food & Commercial Workers locals 175 and 633 voted recently on a negotiated renewal of their collective agreements.

Members at 50 stores, including 5 Loblaws Great Food Stores in Nepean and Gloucester and 45 stores operating as Zehrs, Loblaws, Great Food, and RCSS throughout central and central north Ontario, ratified their new 6-year agreement.

But union members covered by a separate agreement at nine Zehrs Great Food and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, and Lambton counties voted down the memorandum of settlement.

Those stores are the Real Canadian Superstore in Chatham, Leamington, on walker Road and Dougall Avenue in Windsor and in Sarnia.  Zehrs stores include LaSalle, Tecumseh Road East in Windsor, Kingsville and Tecumseh.

The 1,600 members in that bargaining unit are in a legal strike position as of July 2nd, 2015 at 12:01am.

“We are asking the people in these communities to not shop at the affected stores,” explained Shawn Haggerty, President of UFCW Local 175. “These workers are counting on their friends and neighbours for support. Please do not cross their picket lines.”

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