Thursday, December 4, 2014

Manitoba Liquor Mart employees unanimously vote to strike

 MetroThe holidays could be filled with less spirits this year, after liquor store workers and distribution staff across Manitoba voted 97 per cent in favour of possible strike action.

The vote gives the Manitoba Government Employees Union the authority to set a strike date, which could happen during the busy lead-up to Christmas if an agreement isn’t reached soon.

“We stand in solidarity: the liquor workers want the employer to come back to the bargaining table prepared to bargain in earnest, without the concessions and with a reasonable wage offer,” said Manitoba Government Employees Union President Michelle Gawronsky in a statement.

The MGEU said voter turnout among the 868 workers was “historically high” and included staff from retail stores, head office and the distribution centre.

Union members rejected a contract offer last month from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries over  concerns about changes to benefits plans and other employment conditions. The offer did include a modest salary increase.

Negotiations resumed today

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