Over 300 Molson Coors employees walked off the job at the Carlingview Drive location Thursday, after a noon strike deadline passed.
The union, the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers Local 325, has been without a contract since December 31, 2016, although negotiations started up a few months before.
Local 325 claims Molson Coors wants to trim wages, pensions and benefits by 7%.
A statement released by Molson Coors Canada said the company is disappointed the deal fell apart but are committed to reaching a “globally competitive agreement.”
“At Molson Coors Canada, we are disappointed that our union partners have rejected a deal that is fair to employees, allows the company to be more efficient, and is similar to collective agreements with unionized employees in other Canadian breweries,” VP of Corporate Affairs at Molson Coors Canada Gavin Thompson said.
Consumers won’t notice any empty shelves at point of purchase, as product has been stockpiled at a couple of warehouses in anticipation of a possible stoppage.
-With a file from David Shum/Global News