Superstore employees vote to strike, customers wonder if they’ll even notice

Aug 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Alberta, Calgary, News
Superstore Strike

Superstore employees voted to strike in Calgary last week. Photo by Flickr user AJ Batac.

By Urban Anomie

Real Canadian Superstore employees have moved one step closer to strike action, after a strike vote was held in Calgary last week.

Union members in the Calgary area voted 97 per cent in favour of going off the job. The same percentage of workers voted yes in Edmonton last week.

Some shoppers wonder if it will even matter.

“As long as they have someone to unlock the doors and run a handful of cash registers, I don’t see what the big deal is,” says Christina Randall.

“There are 20 tills at every location, yet only three of them are open at any one time anyway—even when each line has 15 people in them. And don’t get me started on the empty bins in the produce department.”

Contract talks between Superstore parent company Loblaw and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 broke off earlier this summer. The primary issue the two sides are stuck on is the hiring of muscle-bound pinheads to pummel customers who park in the lane in front of the store, blocking both vehicle and pedestrian traffic and pissing off people who follow grocery shopping protocol.

“I would do that job for free,” says retired rent-a-cop, Fredric Sorenson. “Nobody likes those pricks, and I’d consider it a privilege to haul their ass into a dark room, gag them, and impose all sorts of authority I don’t have on them.”

Strike votes will take place in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Camrose, Lloydminster, and Grande Prairie later this week.

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