Labatt workers in Newfoundland vote to strike

Workers upset over replacement employees while two sides were in negotiations.

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Managers at the Labatt brewery in St. John’s, NL, say they’re ready to resume contract talks with a group of unionized workers that have been staging an illegal strike for several weeks.

When the workers took a vote Thursday, 100% said they were in favour of a legal strike.

The workers are upset because the company brought in replacement workers for training while the two sides were still in negotiations.

Labatt spokesman Wade Keller says the company has no objections to resuming contract talks.

Union spokeswoman Carol Furlong doubts the company is anxious to return to bargaining.

Furlong says with the company seeking so many concessions, it was as though the talks were designed to fail.

Keller says the plant continues to produce beer and that won’t change if the strike drags on.

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