Loblaw Workers OK Contract

TORONTO — Workers at nine Loblaw Cos.-owned stores approved a new contract Friday, averting a strike one week after they had first voted to reject the offer, the union said.

TORONTO — Workers at nine Loblaw Cos. [3]-owned stores approved a new contract Friday, averting a strike one week after they had first voted to reject the offer, the union said.

The agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 175 and 633 follows a similar agreement between Loblaw and members of UFCW Local 1977 and calls for some wage increases and lump-sum payments, and guarantees senior part-time workers a minimum of 28 hours per week, according to a report in The Windsor Star in Ontario. Loblaw also will contribute more toward pensions and will increase prescription-drug coverage, the report said.

The stores covered by the new agreement include locations operating under the Zehr's Great Canadian Food Store and Real Canadian Superstore banners in Essex, Lambton and Kent counties. More than 1,700 workers are covered by the agreement.