Unionized workers of two grocery store chains with locations in five Manitoba cities have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.
Over the weekend, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 members who work for Safeway and FreshCo gave their union the strike mandate as it negotiates a new contract.
The union said workers at the grocery store chains, which are owned by Sobeys Capital Inc., are pushing for better working conditions.
Jeff Traeger, UFCW 832 president, said in a statement Monday that the employer has made a huge profit during the pandemic while employees have worked very hard despite increasing risks and stress.
He said in the statement that Sobeys Capital Inc. has regularly called its employees heroes, but now it’s time to show their gratitude in a more meaningful way.