Superstore Workers Poised to Strike on Monday

    Workers Asking Public to Take their Shopping Elsewhere during Strike

    EDMONTON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Approximately 7,000 Superstore workers will be
joining picket lines after the weekend at 19 Superstore locations in Edmonton
and Calgary in an effort to improve safety and working conditions, and to
prevent fears of possible payroll rollbacks.
    Workers at Edmonton locations will be walking out at 12:01 am Monday
morning, and Calgary will follow on Tuesday morning. The 7 locations in other
centres around the province (comprising of an additional 2,000 workers) are in
the process of establishing a legal strike position and are expected to join
the strike soon.
    "Our member's wages are noticeably below the industry standard, and yet
the company refuses to rule out future payroll rollbacks," says Tom Hesse,
union negotiator for UFCW Local 401. "Our members are frustrated because they
are stressed and overworked."
    "Part of the motivation of this strike is that Superstore workers want to
improve customer service, but we can't because the stores are understaffed and
workers are forced to work too quickly," adds Hesse. "For example, cashiers
are forced to work at speeds that experts have said are unsafe."
    Other issues include sick pay, shift scheduling and issues regarding food
    The workers are asking the public to support the strike by taking their
grocery shopping elsewhere for the duration of the strike. "Many people are
already frustrated with their shopping experience at Superstore. A picket line
is just one more reason to go down the block to another store," says Hesse.
    "Not shopping at Superstore is the best way the public can send a message
to the company that they want better customer service, because that is what we
are fighting for."
    Picket lines will be present around the clock at all Superstores in
Edmonton and Calgary. Strikers will be talking with customers to inform them
of the strike and ask them to shop elsewhere.
    "We remain open to going back to the bargaining table. We want to settle
this dispute quickly, but that requires that a deal that is fair for our
members and the public," says Hesse.

For further information:

For further information: Tom Hesse, UFCW Local 401 at (403) 291-1047

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