Striking Labatt Brewery workers walk the picket line Thursday afternoon outside the brewery on Leslie Street in St. John’s. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Talks have again broken down between Labatt and the union representing striking brewery workers on Friday.
Labatt spokesman Wade Keller said when they left things on Thursday, they weren’t sure which way they were going to go. The company had made an offer but he said that offer wasn’t well received.
“We had a strong indication from the union negotiating team that they weren’t in favour of our offer,” Keller said.
Union negotiator Chris Henley said Labatt came and presented what it said was its best offer.
“And we had quite an angry exchange, but at the end of the day, we basically went back and met with the members last night and went through the full offer with the members and then they voted unanimously to reject it,” Henley said.
Things are now in limbo.
“I think its fair to say we moved a lot and I think they’ll say they’ve moved a lot. We both have ideals that we’re holding onto,” Keller said.
Henley said the union will now wait to see what happens down the road, indicating that the union will wait for the company to come back to the table.
In a previous interview with The Telegram, Keller said some of the contentious issues had to do with the company’s request that employees begin contributing to their pension plan starting in 2016, Year 3 of the deal, a co-pay system for benefits starting in
Year 4 in which the company would cover 80 per cent, as well as a new wage tier for new hires.
Workers have been on strike since April.