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Rona lockout ends after workers ratify deal

Workers at the Sudbury Rona store are heading back to work after they ratified an agreement last night, bringing an end to a five-day lockout by their employer. The workers are represented by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 175.
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On Nov. 12, 2015, workers at the Sudbury Rona store were locked out after more than nine months of negotiations failed to result in a new collective agreement. They reached a collective agreement with the company four days later, on Nov. 16. File photo.
Workers at the Sudbury Rona store are heading back to work after they ratified an agreement last night, bringing an end to a five-day lockout by their employer.

The workers are represented by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 175. The union told NorthernLife.ca last week that one of the issues on the table was the right of veteran workers to refuse Sunday work.

"We are satisfied that this agreement meets the needs of our members including retaining their right to refuse Sunday work," said Shawn Haggerty, president of UFCW Local 175, in a press release.

"The customers and community showed overwhelming support to these workers while they walked the picket line and that show of solidarity helped resolve this labour dispute quickly."

The tentative agreement was reached between the employer and the union's negotiating committee Nov. 16 and members held a meeting in the evening to review the details. The memorandum of settlement was ratified unanimously.