AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - 9-25-2020

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

UFCW AND STOP & SHOP HAZARD PAY AGREEMENT

Today our International Union, along with Stop & Shop, announced an agreement to make lump sum, retroactive payments to resolve and, for the present, terminate the issue of hazard pay.

As everyone knows, we are presently in negotiations with Stop & Shop and one of our demands relates to both retroactive and prospective payment of hazard pay.  Your Local Union has also filed grievances and arbitrations against Stop & Shop and others relating to this issue.

The Stop & Shop Company was instructed by me, as your President, that since we are currently engaged in negotiations, with hazard pay as one of our demands, it would be totally inappropriate and improper to usurp the authority of your elected Negotiating Committee by mandating this settlement.  It is our intent to continue to negotiate the issue of hazard pay not only with Stop & Shop, but with our other Employers as well.  The settlement reached with the other Local Unions will certainly be considered by our Negotiating Committee but, by definition, the ultimate decision as to the resolution of the issue of hazard pay must be decided by the Local Union where they are presently in negotiations over this issue.

As I have often said about the Rumor Mill and the very very few people who enjoy feeding it, PAY NO ATTENTION!  No one will get cheated…..no one will get shortchanged, and our democratic negotiating process will determine our decision on this issue.