For Immediate Release: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Contact: Moira Bulloch, 202-257-8653, firstname.lastname@example.org
UFCW AND STOP & SHOP REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
UFCW: “On behalf of our Stop & Shop union family, we’ve negotiated a fair deal for all our great members.”
(PROVIDENCE, RI) – Today, the hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with their employer.
The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the 35,000 members of the five local union covered by the agreement, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 328, Local 371, Local 919, Local 1445 and Local 1459. Each local union will hold ratification votes in the coming weeks.
The New England Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union made the following statement after the tentative agreement was reached:
“Today’s agreement is the result of unity and solidarity from all of our members who work for Ahold and its banner grocery stores. Our goal was to work together, beat back the company’s concessionary demands and negotiate a better life for our incredible Stop & Shop members. Working together, we have reached a tentative agreement that all sides can agree is fair and equitable.
“Today’s agreement is also a measure of how our union family can work together to ensure that our members can earn a better life. If our members choose to accept this contract in the ratification process, this will be a victory not just for working people in New England, but for our communities and for all of the union families who came together to stand up for good jobs.
“While the negotiating process is always a challenge, and as we await our members’ ratification of the contract, we must thank the customers we serve, our communities, and our extended UFCW union family.
“By standing together, we have all made a difference in people’s lives, and that is something we can all be proud of.”
Bargaining committees, comprised of UFCW union leadership and members from the stores have conducted 57 negotiating sessions with the company over the course of three months in Providence, R.I.
The previous contract expired in late February, and union members have continued to work and serve their customers without a contract for 42 days while waiting for a fair deal. The agreement covers Stop & Shop stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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