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Metro distribution warehouse workers in Toronto vote to strike

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Metro distribution warehouse workers are on strike after rejecting a tentative agreement with the company. More than 900 full-time employees at the Etobicoke facility are now on strike.

Metro and the union representing the workers, Unifor Local 414, had reached a tentative agreement on April 1, but members decided not to ratify it.

Neither Metro nor the union released details of the collective agreement but reports about the negotiations indicated that employees were hoping their hard work throughout the pandemic would be reflected in wages, pensions and benefits.

“The members have final say on the tentative agreement and have opted to turn down this offer,” Unifor assistant to the national president Chris MacDonald said in a statement as reported by CP24.

In a separate statement, Metro says it “regrets the decision made by its full-time distribution centres unionized employees” and said it had been negotiating with the union for the past few weeks to reach a “fair and equitable agreement that meets the needs of our employees and our customers while ensuring that Metro remains competitive. The settlement provided significant increases for employees, including an increase of 6 per cent on average to hourly wages in the first year of the agreement and a total of 14 per cent wage increase over 4 years as well as pension and benefits improvements.

Carmen Fortino, executive vice president, Ontario division head and national supply chain, Metro Ontario Inc. says “we are disappointed with the employees’ decision to strike but remain ready to go back to the table. We have implemented our contingency plan and our stores will remain open to serve our customers.”

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