BRAMPTON, Ontario — Talks between Loblaw Cos. here and union workers in Ontario have broken off over a disagreement on procedures regarding converting stores from one format to another, union sources said.
According to United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000A, one of three UFCW locals representing the workers, talks broke down over Loblaw’s insistence that the contract allow for it to convert conventional stores to its Superstore or Great Food concept without conditions on worker buyouts. “Moreover, the company is asking for concessions in the [Superstore] and Great Food stores,” the local added.
The union said it was scheduling a strike vote for the week of July 5, with contract talks to resume July 19 with the help of a federal mediator. The contracts cover about 30,000 workers at 100 Loblaw-owned stores.
Loblaw could not be reached for comment.
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