EDMONTON - Employees at Real Canadian Superstore outlets in Alberta could go on strike as early as Oct. 6.

The United Food and Commercial Workers says the union has received a 97 per cent strike mandate from its members.

Doug O'Halloran, president of UFCW Local 401, says bargaining with Loblaw, the parent company for Superstores, has bogged down.

The union represents 8,500 people who work at Superstores in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster and Camrose.

The union says Loblaw is pushing for wage concessions and hasn't tabled a contract offer.

UFCW workers have held similar strike votes at Superstores in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, but walkout dates in those provinces have not been set.

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  • New Brunswick

    Full-time employees in New Brunswick make an average hourly wage of $21.73. That figure is the lowest in the country but it is an increase of 2.1 per cent.

  • P.E.I.

    Full-time workers in P.E.I. make, on average, $21.82 per hour, increase of one per cent from the year before.

  • Nova Scotia

    Full-time workers in Nova Scotia make an average hourly wage of $22.48 per hour. Which is a zero per cent change from the year before.

  • Manitoba

    Full-time workers in Manitoba make an average of $22.95 per hour, an increase of 1.1 per cent from the year prior.

  • Quebec

    Full-time employees in Quebec earned an average of $23.91 an hour in 2012, which is 0.9 per cent higher than what they earned in 2011.

  • Newfoundland

    Full-time workers in Newfoundland make an average hourly wage of $24.90, unchanged from the previous year.

  • B.C.

    Full-time employees in B.C. made an average of $25.92 per hour in 2012, 1.3 per cent more than the previous year.

  • Ontario

    Full-time workers in Ontario earned an average $26.26 per hour, an increase of 0.8 per cent from the year before.

  • Saskatchewan

    Full-time employees in Saskatchewan earned an average hourly wage of $26.56, a significant increase from the year before. The average wage in that province rose by 5.6 per cent year over year.

  • Alberta

    Full-time workers in Alberta earned an average hourly wage of $29.35 in 2012, a significant increase of 5.3 per cent year over year.

  • National Average

    Full-time workers across the nation make an average of $25.74, a 1.7 per cent increase from the year before.