July 7, 2015
Workers at nine Loblaws supermarkets in and around Windsor, Ontario, went on strike July 2. The about 1,600 employees, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 175 and 633, had rejected a proposed contract last month. Loblaw Co. said it planned to keep the Zehrs and Real Canadian Superstore supermarkets open using managers and non-union employees.
“We are asking the people in these communities to not shop at the affected stores," UFCW local president Shawn Haggerty said in a statement. "These workers are counting on their friends and neighbours for support. Please do not cross their picket lines." About half the workers at Loblaws-owned stores have ratified the contract, but the ones that rejected it include UFCW Local 1000A, which represents workers at more than 60 stores in the Toronto metropolitan area. It has set a strike deadline of July 5. Read more