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Thursday June 25th, 2015

Posted at 11:21am

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Workers at local Zehrs and Real Canadian Superstore locations could be on strike next week.

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.

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

“Our members gave us a strong strike mandate at meetings held back in May,” said Shawn Haggerty, President of UFCW Local 175. “The results of this vote means the Union will be ramping up our strike preparations to support these members.”

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