TO ALL STOP & SHOP MEAT DEPARTMENT MEMBERS FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - AUGUST 4, 2017

TO ALL STOP & SHOP MEAT DEPARTMENT MEMBERS
FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI
AUGUST 4, 2017

RE:  UPDATE ON INTRODUCTION OF PREPACKAGED MEATS

As you are aware, the Union and the Company are engaged in an ever-continuing battle involving the Company’s right to manage the business versus the Union’s obligation to protect the employment of our Brothers and Sisters in the Meat Department.

The Union has constantly and emphatically expressed the position that we do not believe prepackaged meats are in the best interest of the Company; but notwithstanding our position, the Company continues to move ahead with its program.

The Union and the Company have now agreed on a firm arbitration date; namely, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, where the issue of whether the Company has violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement concerning central cutting by the supplying of prepackaged meats from an Ahold-owned plant, will be resolved.  This central cutting issue is also being investigated as a tradeoff for the possibility of attaining job and wage protections into the future for our Meat Department Brothers and Sisters.

The Company has announced that effective Sunday, August 13, 2017, eight (8) additional stores will be converted to prepackaged meats.  Those stores are as follows:

    529   New Rochelle, New York
    579   Tarrytown, New York
    860   Wanaque, New Jersey
  2818   Kinnelon, New Jersey
    817   Hackensack, New Jersey
    819   Lyndhurst, New Jersey
    831   Carlstadt, New Jersey
    503   Bronx, New York

Although the Union does not have the right to direct the Company to stop these conversions, we do have the right to prevent job loss based upon existing contractual protections.  If we look at the entire issue of prepackaged meats, we will quickly realize that we need to develop, either by agreement or through arbitration, a solution to the decrease of Meat Department employees in our Stop & Shop stores.  We cannot endure death by a thousand cuts or constantly waiting for the second shoe to drop.  The members in our Meat Departments deserve direction in their life and a career unencumbered by constant threat of job loss.

This is a tough problem and a situation that will challenge the best skills of both the Union and Company leadership.  We ask that you continue your strong support, with the understanding that your Union is doing everything humanly possible to protect our Industry and, more specifically, to protect your job.