Supermarket Workers to Rally in Hopes of Saving Marystown Store

July 23, 2009, 10:01 AM EST

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Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to flood the Peninsula Mall parking lot in Marystown at 4 p.m. today (Thursday July 23) in support of CAW Local 597 members working at the Dominion Stores supermarket who have been threatened with losing their jobs if their employer (Loblaw Companies Ltd) cannot reach a new lease deal by September.

CAW Local 597 Rally to Save Marystown Dominion Store
When: Thursday July 23, 2009 @ 4 p.m.
Where: Peninsula Mall (parking lot), McGettigan Blvd.

Speakers will include:

Bill King, President of CAW Local 597
Lana Payne, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
Sam Synyard, Mayor of Marystown
Les Holloway, CAW Eastern Canada Regional Director
Frank Taylor, former President of CAW Local 597
Julie Mitchell, President of the South Coast and District Labour Council
Allen Moulton, FFAW Chairperson of the FPI plant in Marystown
Wayne Butler, President of CAW Local 20 (representing workers at the Marystown Shipyard)
Carol Furlong, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees

Store workers have publicly expressed their anger at the company's decision to possibly close the 30-year old supermarket if they cannot secure a new lease deal with mall owners. The employer informed the workers of the situation on June 16 and has set a tentative closure date of October 31. 

This demonstration is the latest in a series of public outreach efforts to raise awareness of the closure and to pressure the company to reverse their decision.

Loblaws operates 12 grocery stores in Newfoundland under the Dominion Stores banner, all of which are represented by CAW Local 597.

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