AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI
APRIL 16, 2021

ACME CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

President Niccollai reported this morning that a meeting was held yesterday between the Union and Company Negotiating Committees concerning our attempt to reach an Agreement on a new ACME Contract.  As we know, our present Agreement expires on May 1st and that leaves us only several weeks to formulate and ratify a new Agreement.

The Company presented the Union Negotiating Committee with a second Contract Proposal, which fell far short of our needs and the Industry Contract recently negotiated with our other Employers.  The full-time wage package proposal was $54.00 in increases over a period of five years and the part-time increases were $1.10 over the same period.  In addition, the Company is holding steadfast to co-pay for both full-time and part-time Health Care and the elimination of our present Pension Plan and the establishment of a 401K.

The Company pointed out that their stores cannot be compared with ShopRites, with volumes in the millions of dollars every week.  President Niccollai indicated that the ACME workforce is experienced and extremely knowledgeable, and cannot be relegated to some second class workforce like those found at Walmart.  He also stressed the fact that we will not co-pay for our Health Care and destroy our Defined Benefit Pension Plan in order to maximize Company profits.   Niccollai went on to say that the Company’s second offer was an insult, and that we truly deserve the Industry Contract recently negotiated for our other Union Companies.

In all candor, we are at a very serious juncture in these negotiations, and it appears we are headed for dire problems if the Company fails to recognize our needs and our position.

The membership can be extremely helpful to your Union Negotiating Committee, at this point, by letting Management in the stores know that we will not accept less than we truly deserve and we will not accept less than we have seen in the Industry Contract.  The side that comes out best in these negotiations will be the one who has the strongest resolve and determination to fight for the Contract that they need.

The next Negotiating Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27th, with the understanding that the Actuaries and Attorneys must crystalize the final Welfare and Pension numbers, which will then allow us to get into the area of final wages.  

Negotiations are not for the faint of heart; it’s an exhausting process where both sides fight tooth and nail over every dollar.  History has taught us that we must maintain our unwavering understanding that we have earned and deserve what we are seeking.  

The Union Negotiating Committee is doing an excellent job presenting our demands and representing the ACME Members.  Please stand in lockstep with us and permit us to deliver a contract worthy of your ratification.

WORK SMARTLY – WORK SAFELY