CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE STOP & SHOP / LONG ISLAND JULY 19, 2017

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

STOP & SHOP/LONG ISLAND

FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI

 

JULY 19, 2017

 

After five negotiating sessions and with only four days left before contract expiration, both the Company and the Union are working diligently to bring home a contract worthy of ratification. Unfortunately, the Company is still hung up on several issues which we define as NFW (for those who understand that great and for those who don’t its best left unexplained).

 

The areas of contention that still remain unresolved are as follows:

 

1.       The Company remains adamant that this agreement contain member co-pay for Health Care.

         

2.       The Company refuses to provide proper funding for our Pension Fund for newly hired employees.

 

3.       The Company is seeking to establish a completely new Tier for new hires with some unreasonable terms and conditions, which will ultimately create double standards within the workforce.

 

4.       At this late date, the Company has yet to provide a wage increase proposal for either full-time or part-time members.

 

To make matters even worse, the Company is seeking to globally (Companywide) settle the issue of prepackaged meats and how it will affect our agreement going forward.  As you might imagine, this significantly clouds the water in terms of reaching an agreement because that issue is presently the subject of an arbitration.

 

We have consistently pounded home the fact that we have established an Industry Contract here in New Jersey and Westchester County, which should be the basis for our contract settlement.  Your Contract Committee strongly supports that position, which the Company appears to have trouble accepting.

 

The Company and your Contract Committee will meet again on Thursday, July 20th in what we hope to be a comprehensive and extensive negotiating session.  If we fail to move toward an agreement on Thursday, your Union will be left no choice but to advise the membership of the likelihood of a strike.  We cannot and will not surrender our need to provide for ourselves and our families in the future.

 

We will continue to keep the membership informed and your input by being vocal in supporting our objectives and refusing to accept concessions and givebacks will be greatly helpful.