Co-op employees on strike at Moose Jaw locations
Representatives from the Moose Jaw Co-Op and UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) 1400 spent all day Friday at the negotiation table after 130 local Co-Op workers went on strike Tuesday morning.
Employees at the Moose Jaw Co-Op MarketPlace, Agro Centre, Food Store and Gas Bars all voted to take strike action and set up picket lines at their four locations.
The employees are striking to try to earn better pay in their next contract for a second tier of clerks who are paid 15.5 per cent less than higher tiered employees for the same work says UFCW 1400. Bargaining between the two sides resumed Wednesday night meeting and continued Friday. No deal had been reached at the time of our press deadline. The Co-Op locations have remained open during the strike.
Moose Jaw Co-Op employees and members of UFCW 1400 blow whistles and wave to honking vehicles as they walk the picket line in front of the Co- Op MarketPlace on First Avenue SW Friday afternoon.
Patty Belbin, right, and Cory Brown are on strike as members of UFCW 1400 for a second time. The two Co- Op employees went on strike in 1983. That strike lasted a full year before being resolved.