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By Kareem Gouda

Over 3,000 Sobeys employees across 40 Lower Mainland Safeway stores have voted overwhelmingly to approve a strike if bargaining talks break down in the weeks ahead.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1518, which covers Sobeys’ employees from Whistler to Hope, says members voted 98 per cent in favour of the move.

President Kim Novak with UFCW 1518 says members have been speaking with their employer for months and saw little movement on improving wages while the company’s profits soared.

“We’ve been bargaining with them for over eight months and in that time, they have not moved above one per cent wage increases each year, and in some years, no wage increases,” Novak explained.

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