Some 900 Co-op workers in Saskatoon could go on strike on Thursday.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1400 said the majority of staff rejected a contract offer from Saskatoon Co-op last weekend. A union negotiator told CBC News that under the offer, some new hires would be making as much as $4.60 an hour less than existing workers doing the same work. He said more than three-quarters of job classifications would be affected by the two-tier wage grid. On average, the new offer would pay new employees paid $2.64/hour less than existing employees doing the same jobs.
Saskatoon Co-op CEO Grant Wicks told CBC News that the offer was the “best and final” one the co-operative had. "The wages that we pay in our marketplace need to be competitive with those our competitors pay for new hires," he said.
While Wicks called the strike vote “disappointing,” he added that most stores would stay open.
The strike would be the first at Saskatoon Co-op since 1983.