97% of voting Alberta Superstore employees have endorsed strike action, sending Superstore a strong message about their last offer.
“Next week, we will go back to the bargaining table,” said UFCW Local 401 President Thomas Hesse. “We hope that the Company is ready to listen to their employees.”
The strike vote saw a strong turnout from Superstore union members across the province.
If you don’t work at Superstore, your union will be asking you to take steps to prepare for a massive Local 401 strike. If the strike commences, your union will be asking you and your family not to shop at Superstore, nor any of the Loblaws-owned businesses such as No Frills, T&T Supermarket, or Shoppers Drug Mart.
Unity and solidarity among Local 401 members will be a vital component of running a strong strike campaign.
“Ironically, the point of taking a strike vote is to attempt to avoid a strike,” said Secretary Treasurer Richelle Stewart. “A strike vote is a tool to tell the Company that unless they bargain fairly, employees could withdraw their labour.”
Under Alberta law, a strike vote is valid for 120 days. Technically, a union is only required to give a company 72 hours’ notice of strike action.
However, and as we have said to Local 401 members, the Bargaining Committee will return to the bargaining table to negotiate in good faith. The Bargaining Committee will push Superstore to improve their offer and attempt to persuade the Company to be reasonable.
Every single Superstore union member will have a chance to vote on the Company’s final offer before deciding whether or not to actually go on strike.
Please stay connected with your union as these circumstances may change quickly.
Posted on: September 24,2021