Workers at Safeway in Thunder Bay entered their fourth week of striking on Oct. 23, with few strides made in negotiations. Approximately 400 employees at Canada Safeway Ltd.'s three Thunder Bay-based stores walked off the job on Oct. 1 after 81 per cent of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 membership rejected the company's last offer.
Workers are demanding job security following impending changes to the stores' meat departments. Beginning in November, Winnipeg Safeway stores are introducing a meat-packaging system that would result in meat being packaged outside the stores. About 3,300 Safeway employees in Manitoba have voted in favour of a strike, union officials say.