This afternoon, the ballots were counted and MGEU liquor workers (Locals 56-61) have voted to accept the tentative agreement. This means Manitoba’s liquor workers will soon be returning to work instead of heading back to the picket lines.
The strike began on July 19 with targeted job action, followed by a full walkout on August 8. A tentative agreement was reached with the employer on August 23 and voting for liquor workers began on August 24, ending today at noon.
“We knew a deal was to be had at the bargaining table, and our members proved just that,” said MGEU President, Kyle Ross. “We’d like to thank everyone for their patience, support, and solidarity during this extremely difficult round of bargaining. It is unfortunate that we were forced to take strike action to get the government to listen to us, but our collective efforts have resulted in an agreement that will help us catch up and keep up.”
Members working at the MBLL Distribution Centre will be back to work this evening, with all other members returning to their jobs as early as tomorrow.
The MGEU represents approximately 1,400 workers at MBLL.
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