Manitoba Safeway workers to hold strike vote

Employer planning to close stories to force cuts: UFCW
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 02/09/2018
Labour relations
Sobeys has 23 stores in Manitoba, including 18 in Winnipeg. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

WINNIPEG (CP) — More than 2,200 Safeway workers in Manitoba are being asked to give their union a strike mandate after a break-off in contract talks with Sobeys West.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 832, says the company is threatening to close some of its stores in the province if the workers don't agree to cuts.

Local president Jeff Traeger says they hope to return to the bargaining table on March 5 with an overwhelming strike mandate.

The union contract expires on March 17.

Jacquelin Weatherbee, Sobeys' director of external communications, says the company is committed to working toward a deal that works for everyone.

Sobeys has 23 stores in Manitoba, including 18 in Winnipeg.

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