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Published reports in Canada say that some 300 unionized employees of the Loblaw-owned Real Canadian Superstore in Thunder Bay have reached a tentative contract deal with the retailer. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed, and a ratification vote is set for the end of the month.

"We think that both parties have done everything, and have come to a consensus where, at this point in time, we’ve gotten the best we can get for the membership," said Paul Docherty, a member of the union’s bargaining committee.

Earlier this week, MNB took note of a CTV report that “Loblaw Co. workers in Ontario overwhelmingly have voted to give their union a strike mandate if Canada's largest grocery chain doesn't back down from concession demands that it says are necessary to remain competitive against its non-unionized rivals.

“More than 97 per cent of members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents nearly 30,000 employees at stores under names such as Loblaws, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstores and Fortinos, have voted in favour of a strike.”

The two sides have been negotiating since April, but talks broke down last month over worker opposition to a reported company plan to cut wages by as much as 25 percent and reduce benefits, which the company says it has to do to compensate for declining profits.
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