Unionized workers at Safeway stores in Manitoba have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Strike mandate given overwhelming support by Manitoba Safeway workers

WINNIPEG — Unionized workers at Safeway stores in Manitoba have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands.

The 2,200 employees — who work at stores in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Neepawa and Dauphin — are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832.

The union says in a release that the workers will be in a legal strike position on March 18, the day after their current contract expires.

A strike deadline has not been set.

The company and union were to meet again today.

There has been no immediate comment from management on the strike mandate, but the UFCW says it’s ready to work around the clock to reach a contract and avoid a labour disruption.

Jeff Traeger, Local 832 president, said the company has only proposed conditions that “gut” the current collective agreement.

“This strike mandate result sends a strong message to Sobeys that the membership won’t be bullied,” he said in the release.

“Sobeys purchased a good company and mismanaged it into the ground, ignoring their long-time employee’s experience and advice. Now they want those employees to pay for their mistakes.”

Just Posted

Is the fate of Red Deer’s Parsons House solely in the hands of the province?

Demolition of old police station next door to begin this fall

Fundraiser to help keep kids warm in Blackfalds

Community Warmth Fall Fundraiser

Piper Creek Foundation gets a new name

Red Deer subsidized housing program for seniors

Reveen returns to Red Deer

Presented by Friends of Red Deer Regional Hospital

2019 Winter Games will transform Red Deer: Olympic organizer

Team leader behind 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics provides inspirational pep talk

WATCH: Red Deer students take part in annual run

Dawe/St. Pat’s Run reaches 40th anniversary

Smile Cookie fundraiser campaign for Reading College kicks off

Fundraising campaign runs Sept. 12-18 for program that helps children improve their reading

‘Nightmare that won’t end’: Storm evacuees can’t return yet

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water… Continue reading

New bridge collapses into river in rural Saskatchewan hours after opening

HYAS, Sask. — A rural politician in eastern Saskatchewan says he’s at… Continue reading

Halifax researchers tag great white shark in Atlantic Canada for first time

HALIFAX — For the first time in Atlantic Canadian waters, scientists have… Continue reading

Liberal riding association president blindsided by MP’s defection

OTTAWA — The president of an Ontario Liberal riding association says he… Continue reading

Pope gives bishops more decision-making options

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that ordinary Catholics should… Continue reading

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

TRENTON, N.C. — When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category… Continue reading

Glad company: Trailer for Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

LOS ANGELES — A beloved nanny is preparing to take to the… Continue reading

Most Read