Strike deadline pushed back to July 11 as Loblaw workers vote on

TORONTO – A possible strike by 12,000 workers at 60 Loblaw owned stores across Ontario has been pushed back a week.Two days of provincially mediated talks between Loblaw Companies Ltd. and the United Food and Commercial Workers have produced an amended contract offer.As a result, UFCW Canada Local 1000A says it has postponed its strike deadline of Sunday, July 5 to give its members time to vote on the new accord. Ratification votes are scheduled from Sunday, July 5 through to Wednesday, July 8.The union says if the offer is rejected, the strike will commence on Saturday, July 11 at 12:01 a.m. at all 60 Loblaws Great Food and Superstore locations across the province.In the meantime, strike action by UFCW members that began on July 2 at nine stores, including four Zehrs Great Food and five Real Canadian Superstores, will continue pending results of the ratification vote. All nine stores have remained open for business.The union has said the key issues in the dispute are wages, work schedules, benefits and limits on third party providers. Strike deadline pushed back to July 11 as Loblaw workers vote on amended offer by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2015 10:50 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Community invited to Brock Bazaar for student day of service

A group of highly engaged Brock University students are strengthening relationships with local community partners by hosting the first-ever Brock Bazaar during this year’s Brock Cares Day of Service.The Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS), one of two honour societies at Brock, is inviting community members and organizations to rummage through their home items and sell them on campus as part of the annual day of service on Sept. 10.“We always have students out in the community, but this time we want to give people and organizations the opportunity to be on campus with our students and see the great things Brock does for Niagara,” said BLCS member and project lead Megan Brown.Tables at the Bazaar are available for $15, with all proceeds funding Alternative Reading Week bursaries for Brock students. Community members will keep what they make from selling their items. Activities for kids and families, a BBQ and cotton candy, as well as crafts and face painting will also be taking place throughout the day.The Bazaar is one of several events taking place on Brock Cares Day of Service, with hundreds of students heading out to 22 different community organizations in Grimsby, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Port Colborne and Niagara Falls to participate in Brock’s largest service day.Organized by Student Life and Community Experience and the Brock University Students’ Union, Brock Cares “provides students the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in Niagara,” said community outreach and volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Salt.“We hope this event will allow students to foster connections within the local community.”Brock Cares Day of Service saw 128 students volunteer within 14 organizations in 2014, completing more than 800 service hours. Due to inclement weather, the event was cancelled in 2015.To participate in Brock Cares, visit experiencebu.brocku.ca. To purchase a table for the Brock Bazaar, visit brockbazaar.eventbrite.com read more