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Loblaw workers OK strike

Unions negotiating a new contract for Loblaw workers in Canada said its members have voted to authorize a strike if a fair contract is not reached.

Three locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers union said the vote took place after negotiations with the Brampton, Ontario, company broke off May 5. Talks with the retailer are expected to resume May 25.

UFCW Locals 175, 633 and 1000a represent 28,000 workers at Loblaw-owned stores whose contracts expire in July.

The unions said its priorities at the bargaining table included wage increases and improvements in benefits and scheduling for workers as well as limits on third-party labor providers.

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