Movement was reported Saturday in contract talks involving 30,000 Loblaw store workers in Ontario.
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, the union representing the workers, said there's been enough movement by the supermarket giant on significant issues to warrant returning to the bargaining table.
UFCW Canada said it hopes that talks scheduled for September 8-11 can produce a settlement that it can recommend to its members. The union said that if no deal is reached, a strike deadline will be finalized.
Three UFCW Canada locals have been negotiating since April with Loblaw, which is a subsidiary of George Weston Limited. The stores involved include Loblaws, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstores, Great Food and Fortinos.