UPDATE ON STOP & SHOP INTRODUCTION OF PREPACKAGED MEATS BY PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI

UPDATE ON STOP & SHOP INTRODUCTION OF
PREPACKAGED MEATS
FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

All documents and arguments from both the Union and the Company are now in the hands of the Arbitrator.  The Union truly left no stone unturned in protecting our future as Meat Department employees with a Company whose obvious intent is to sell exclusively prepackaged meats.

Some of the important arguments are as follows:

1. Notwithstanding the fact that our contract language only protects people with the Company since 2003, we argued that protection must be extended to everyone on the payroll as of the date of the last contract negotiated; namely, 2016.

2. Contract language protects full-time Meat Department employees, not part-time Meat Department employees.  The Union argued that both full-time and part-time Meat Department employees must be protected.

3. The contract is silent as to whether the job guarantee for Meat Department employees is continued employment in the Meat Department or some other Department.  The Union argued that classifications should be maintained.

4. The job guarantee language is silent as to whether Meat Department wages should be maintained where people are no longer cutting meat.  The Union argued that the Meat Department wage rates should be maintained and, further, increases should be granted as they would be for Meat Department personnel.

5. Obviously a cessation of cutting meat on the part of Stop & Shop will result in a lesser demand for workers capable of cutting meat.  The Union argued that concurrent with any resolution of this issue, there must be a Buyout Program for our most senior members who are seeking retirement.

Without question, the Arbitrator has a most difficult job, but as a consummate professional we expect a well-thought out and all-inclusive determination.  We feel confident in our position and we are hopeful of a positive outcome.  More than likely, the Company also feels confident in their position.  The difference is when we weigh the hardships we believe the pendulum swings in favor of the Union.

We have been informed that a decision should be forthcoming in approximately a week and, without question, as soon as we get a result we will inform our Stop & Shop membership.

STAY POSITIVE AND BELIEVE IN YOUR UNION!