Metro Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with Unifor, averting the strike of some 3,700 frontline grocery workers in the Greater Toronto Area.
“The agreement, which is fair and equitable for our employees and customers, is unanimously recommended by the union's bargaining committee,” Metro said in a press release.
The collective agreement will be submitted to the employees for a ratification vote that will take place from July 23 to 28.
The bargaining process began on June 26. An agreement was reached after midnight on Wednesday (July 19), when the workers were set to strike.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers.
Lana Payne, Unifor national president, said in a statement the agreement will “lay the foundation for grocery workers across the country.”
"We are pleased to have achieved a tentative agreement that addresses core concerns raised by our members at Metro," she added.