CALGARY, Alberta — About 8,500 workers at Loblaw’s Real Canadian Superstores and Liquorstores in Alberta went on strike Sunday, saying they want to be scheduled for more hours each week.
In a statement, Loblaw said negotiations are continuing with representatives of United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 401 here.
“We feel we are making progress at the bargaining table and continue to negotiate in good faith,” the company said in a statement. “We are hopeful of reaching a settlement in the near future that reflects a sustainable business model needed to support our colleagues and serve our customers.”
The company said all stores remain open during the strike.
“We regret any concern that this situation has caused our customers and want to assure everyone that our colleagues are committed to excellent customer service during this time,” Loblaw said. “We respect the Union's right to demonstrate, and we hope that they are respectful and peaceful in their approach.”
Separately, union workers at Loblaw stores across Saskatchewan have reached a tentative agreement with the retailer on a new contract, according to United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1400.
The agreement, which still requires the approval of workers, came just days before the contract was to expire, the union said.
Loblaw workers in Manitoba represented by UFCW Locals 401 and 832 reached a tentative agreement late last month.
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