A MEMBER UPDATE: A&P / PATHMARK AND THE ISSUE OF SEVERANCE AND BUMPING - 09/01/2015

A MEMBER UPDATE: A&P / PATHMARK AND THE ISSUE OF SEVERANCE AND BUMPING 
September 01, 2015

From the announcement of A&P’s bankruptcy, we know how difficult this process has been for you and your family. From the very start, we’ve made clear we will fight as hard as we can for the benefits and wages you’ve earned with your hard work. 

As part of our efforts to keep you informed of any and all developments, we wanted to make you aware of the latest developments, specifically as it relates to severance and bumping. 

Today, a hearing before the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge focused on those two issues, and we have made clear to the judge, that you and your family sacrificed for the company to succeed. These sacrifices are real and that A&P must meet its responsibilities. 

In terms of severance payments, the judge strongly urged A&P to get the necessary financing from its lenders to increase severance pay for those laid off from the initial 25 closing stores to 52%. The judge is also urging A&P to pay an upfront severance payment that better reflects your years of dedicated service to your community and this company. After the 52%, members will qualify for additional severance payments depending on the outcome of store sales and other issues.

 
We know that this severance should be higher, and that this amount is not what you deserve, but we want you to know that we are fighting as hard as we can to increase this severance. 

In terms of bumping, the judge did authorize changes to the bumping provisions in our contracts. He ruled that the locals have the option to work with the company to put a bumping plan in place, but only if the bumping does not cost any more money to the company. 

Finally, we want to thank you for your actions that so many of you have taken throughout this terribly difficult process.  You have made a huge impact during these proceedings.

The judge made a point to recognize all of your efforts including submitting personal letters to him, sending our petition with thousands of our signatures, and recognizing our brave members who testified in court. 

Because of your efforts, we were able to put a face to this bankruptcy and made our voices heard when the company tried to silence them. You told your stories of dedication and sacrifice for the company and stressed the turmoil that A&P’s failed strategies and the bankruptcy has had on you, your family and your community.  

In short, by working together you’ve made a difference to everyone who is part of our union and A&P family.