THE PRESS RELEASE AND MESSAGE TO OUR A&P / PATHMARK MEMBERS – Friday July 24, 2015
The Press Release and Message to our A&P / Pathmark Members is based on meetings held with the Company and discussions between our UFCW International Executives and all Local Unions holding collective bargaining agreements with A&P / Pathmark or any related Banners.
Press Statement from UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Affiliated Locals
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) International President Marc Perrone released the following statement on behalf of UFCW Locals 27, 100R, 152, 342, 371, 400, 464-A, 1245, 1262, 1360, 1500, 1776 and RWDSU Locals 338 and 1034, after meeting with A&P executives to discuss the future of A&P and its proposed sale.
“For years, the hard-working men and women of A&P not only did their jobs, they personally and financially sacrificed to invest in A&P’s success. These sacrifices were made for the sake of their families, their co-workers, and the customers and communities that they deeply care about. Now, at this critical time, after repeated mismanagement and strategic mistakes made by company executives, A&P is asking for even more. Enough is enough!
“Instead of asking for more sacrifices to pay-off a select group of executives and corporate investors, A&P should be focusing on their workers and their families during this challenging time.
“We want to be very clear, our members and their families sacrificed. They invested financially and personally in the success of these stores and they remain committed to working hard to make these stores a success for any responsible buyers. But make no mistake, we will not take part in any effort that asks them to give up what they have earned and deserve.
“Looking ahead, we will work cooperatively and constructively with anyone, but we will fight back with everything we have if A&P or its financial backers attempt to further exploit our members. For A&P to ask our members to give up their rights and benefits is simply unacceptable. Moreover, it is an insult given that it is our hard-working members who have and will make these stores a success. In fact, what will make these stores a true financial success is new and responsible management, not more sacrifices by A&P’s hard-working men and women.
“If A&P, its executive team, or its investors want to play the blame game, they should all look in the mirror.
“Now is the time for A&P to do what is right and we fully expect that they will honor their responsibilities to its employees, our members, and their families.”
Message to Members by President John T. Niccollai
For years, you, your co-workers, and your families have personally and financially sacrificed to invest in A&P’s success. You made these sacrifices for the sake of your families, their co-workers, and the communities you so deeply care about. In light of all that you have done, we know how angry you are about what the company has done. It is an outrageous failure.
You did everything right, and it’s because of their repeated mismanagement and strategic mistakes that A&P is where it is.
Now, we want you to know, in the interests of selling more stores, A&P is asking for even more sacrifices from you and every co-worker.
Enough is enough!
Among the bogus proposals they have made:
· Preventing any new buyers from recognizing our union contracts
· Displacing workers with seniority
· Trying to limit our right to strike
· Turning their backs on our agreed contracts and threatening us in their new proposals
· Letting non-union workers come into our stores and do our jobs
· Demanding we go quietly while they threaten our jobs and contracts
· Manipulating and interrupting how we get our severance pay
· Taking away our vacation and entitlement pay
· Declaring that we can either roll over and comply with these bogus terms, or we can go to court
Our message to the company is this…
We will not sacrifice more to pay-off a select group of executives and corporate investors. Period.
As we have told the company, our members and their families have already sacrificed.
The truth is what will make your store a financial success are not more sacrifices by you or A&P’s hard-working men and women – you have already done that. What will make them a success is new and responsible management.
If A&P, its executive team, or its investors want to play the blame game, they should all look in the mirror.
We will fight as hard as we can to protect what you have earned and deserve, and will do everything in our power to make A&P honor their responsibilities to every member and their families.