Co-op em­ploy­ees on strike at Moose Jaw lo­ca­tions

Moose Jaw - - News - Moose Jaw Ex­press Staff

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.

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