Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries employees have reached an agreement with their employer to avoid a strike.
A tentative agreement was reached Thursday night between the bargaining committee for MGEU’s 868 liquor workers and the negotiating team representing MBLL.
“When the employer tabled a final offer so close to the holiday season, which is the corporation’s busiest time and a time when Manitobans gather to celebrate with family and friends, we knew the pressure would be on our bargaining committee,” said MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky. “I am very proud of the work they have done, and the solidarity shown by this entire group of employees.”
Workers had voted 97 percent in favour of possible strike action earlier this week, causing fears of a Christmas strike at Liquor Mart locations across the province.
“This was not an easy process for anyone, and it’s important to remember that these workers have families of their own who were facing the uncertainty of a possible strike over the holiday season, but the hard work done here has resulted in a deal the bargaining committee can recommend acceptance of.”
Ratification meetings will now be held where the majority of members will either vote to accept or reject the employer’s offer. Details of the agreement will be made public once all members have been informed.