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The company said during its bargaining with the union, the two groups did come to a tentative agreement on some policies, including paid parental leave and a more flexible sick leave policy.

MOLLY SOLOMON/OPB - On Monday, March 26, 2018, Burgerville employees delivered an ultimatum to the company's Vanocuver headquarters demanding that they formally recognize the Burgerville Workers Union.
Negotiations fell apart Friday between Burgerville and its workers' union. The union said it's now preparing for its largest strike ever.

Earlier this week, Burgerville announced it was taking out a $3 million loan to give its employees a $1 per hour pay raise starting in December — nowhere near the $5 per hour increase the Burgerville Workers Union is requesting.

"Wages remain an area of disagreement," Burgerville said in a news release.

The company said the union's requested pay increase would bring starting wages to $17 per hour for only unionized employees at five stores, who make up about 12% of the workforce.

"Burgerville cares about all of our employees, union and non-union," Burgerville CEO Jill Taylor said in the release. "We evaluated all proposals seriously, and we were pleased to arrive at a wage increase for all workers."

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