President's Message

  • As we celebrate another Thanksgiving Holiday Season, we should not lose sight of all the positive things for which we should be thankful.  I know all of us are constantly bombarded from many sources with gloom and doom and negative news.  Let’s, however, take a few moments just to think about the good things happening and why we should be positive and appreciative.

     

  • TELEPHONIC DECEMBER 13, 2022 MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

     

    The General Membership Meetings for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2022 scheduled for 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. will be held telephonically. Members who wish to participate should contact JoAnn Piscitelli at 973-256-6790 to verify membership and obtain access instructions for participating.

     

  • ALBERTSONS-KROGER PROPOSED MERGER UPDATE:

  • ALBERTSONS-KROGER PROPOSED MERGER

    UPDATE

    President Niccollai reported today that close to 100 individuals attended the meeting regarding the proposed merger between Albertsons and Kroger held at the Hyatt O’Hare in Chicago yesterday.

  • Kroger and Albertsons announce definitive merger agreement:

    Our posting yesterday announced the fact that Kroger and Albertsons were discussing a merger agreement. Late last night that merger agreement came to fruition with the result being the intent on the part of Kroger to acquire all Albertsons’ companies. Informed sources have indicated that consummation of the merger would not be fully reached until some time in late 2023 or 2024. In the interim, operations will continue as they presently exist.

  • Merger Talks Between Kroger and Albertsons:

    Informed sources today commented on the merger possibility between the two biggest U.S. Supermarket chains, namely Kroger and Albertsons.

  • During the course of the pandemic and accompanying labor shortages, your Union has been involved in negotiations that would lead to wage increases for mainly entry-level employees. Obviously, your Union is in favor of seeing the earnings of members increase and we will continue to be most accommodating in allowing this to occur.

  • TELEPHONIC JUNE 14, 2022 MEMBERSHIP MEETING - 

    The General Membership Meeting for TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022 will be held telephonically at 7:00 P.M.  Members who wish to participate should contact JoAnn Piscitelli at 973-256-6790 to verify membership and obtain access instructions for participating.

    To hold the meeting telephonically, we must notify the Host Company as to the approximate number of participants. We must, therefore, ask members who would like to participate to contact JoAnn Piscitelli.

  • ACME-KINGS PAYROLL PROBLEMS

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

     


     

    Your Union has been in a continuing battle with both ACME and Kings concerning the inability on the part of the Companies to pay members their proper rates and appropriate entitlements.  This situation must come to an end and, apparently, our demands to date have not moved the Companies to correct the problems.

     

  • TELEPHONIC MAY 10, 2022 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    The General Membership Meeting for Tuesday, May 10, 2022 will be held telephonically at 7:00 P.M.  Members who wish to participate should contact JoAnn Piscitelli at 973-256-6790 to verify membership and obtain access instructions for participating. 

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    On Tuesday, March 1, 2022 CNBC reported that Albertsons may be looking to sell off some of its Grocery Store Banners.  That story was subsequently followed up by a number of additional stories restating the same set of facts.  
     
  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI
    FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2022
     
    The General Membership Meeting for Tuesday, March 15, 2022 will be held telephonically at 7:00 P.M.  Members who wish to participate should contact JoAnn Piscitelli at 973-256-6790 in order to verify membership and obtain access instructions for participating. 
     
  • KINGS & ACME ESTABLISHING A “THANK YOU BONUS”

    As our Brothers and Sisters know, your Union is in constant communication with our Employers concerning any program for additional pay as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues and we work in more demanding and threatening conditions.

  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ARE PROVIDING FREE COVID-19 TESTS

     

     

    President Niccollai reported today that there are several sources from which individuals can obtain free COVID-19 tests.  Late yesterday afternoon, both the United States Government and the Unites States Postal Service put up websites through which those seeking at-home tests could have them mailed to their residence.

     

    The sites are as follows:

     

  • SUPREME COURT BLOCKS VAX OR TEST BIDEN MANDATE FOR ALL BUT HEALTH CARE WORKERS

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022

    HEALTH INSURANCE WILL REIMBURSE FOR AT-HOME COVID TESTS

    President Niccollai announced today, on behalf of the Union Reimbursement Medical Plan, that there will be a modification to cover the cost of At-Home COVID Tests for members and their eligible dependents under a program requiring the submission of a claim form, accompanied by a receipt acknowledging proof of purchase.

     

  • UPDATE ON COVID TESTING FOR NON-VACCINATED MEMBERS

    As we get closer to the February 9, 2022 deadline for employees either being vaccinated or tested, we continue negotiations with our Employers.   Obviously, as we stated in our previous posting of December 30, 2021 we are vehemently opposed to the cost of the tests being paid by the employee.

  • THURSDAY - DECMEBER 23, 2021

    As we regress over the past year, many of us view it as “A Trip to Hell and Back Again”. First the Omega variant of Covid-19 and now the Omicron variant, but these are not the thoughts we should be having during this holiday season.  We should count our blessings and all the things for which we are thankful for like:

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI : FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021

    FINAST MEMBERS ATTAIN INDUSTRY CONTRACT

    INCLUDING NO CO-PAY MEDICAL

    President Niccollai reported today that the Finast Negotiations were extremely difficult but because of our unshakeable Membership support, we prevailed in all areas.

  • SALE OF PERLMART STORES TO SAKER SHOPRITE

    Your Local Union continues to work diligently to assure all our Brothers and Sisters that the transition of the Perlmart Stores to Saker ShopRite ownership will be smooth and painless.

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI   : The General Membership Meeting for Tuesday, December 14, 2021 will be held telephonically at 7:00 P.M.  Members who wish to participate should contact JoAnn Piscitelli at 973-256-6790 in order to verify membership and obtain access instructions for participating. 

  • RATIFICATION VOTE – FINAST CONTRACT

     

     

    President Niccollai reported today that the Ballots were tabulated regarding the Ratification Vote of the Company’s Final Offer for our Finast Brothers and Sisters.

     

    We are pleased to report the results as follows:

     

    YES VOTES – 263

    VOTES TO STRIKE – 2

    NO VOTE – 1


     

  • FINAST CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

    President Niccollai reported that after a long session of contentious negotiations and some progress, there are still monumental problems that remain unresolved in our negotiations.  Your Committee has emphatically impressed upon the Company the fact that we expect the Industry Contract, including no co-pay for part-time or full-time Medical.  The Company has indicated that they have taken the position that with other Locals paying a portion of their Health Care they can no longer absorb the total cost. 

  • The Annual Shop Stewards Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.  In order to safeguard the well-being of our Shop Stewards, the event will be held in a large outdoor tent in the parking lot of The Brownstone, 351 West Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522.  We will be observing social distancing and participants may or may not wear masks, since it will be outdoors, depending on individual comfort levels.   The program will include lectures and informational discussions.  The purpose of the Seminar is to train Shop Stewards to be more effective in resolving proble

  • HAPPY LABOR DAY!!

    As we approach Labor Day this year, we must always remember that it’s not just a day off from work filled with family and friends.

    The first Labor Day Celebration was organized in New York City in 1882 to honor Union Members and their Unions for what they did for working people everywhere.  Over time, the holiday spread to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. 

  • KINGS UPDATE – RETENTION BONUS 

    What is less confusing than contract language that states, “A Retention Bonus of two hundred dollar ($200.00) for all full-time employees and one hundred dollars ($100.00) for part-time employees”?  Your Union is now in the process of working with Kings to get the miscalculation of the Retention Bonus corrected, and working together we will fix the problem.

  • RAISES AND RETRO PAY FOR MEMBERS OF KINGS SUPERMARKETS AND ACME MARKETS

    President Niccollai reported today that several members have inquired as to the status of the raises and retro pay for our Brothers and Sisters of Kings and ACME.

  • WAGE INCREASES IN COMPANY SELECTED STORES AND DEPARTMENTS

    President Niccollai reported today that it has come to your Union’s attention that several of our Employers are unilaterally granting wage increases in stores and departments they select because of alleged difficulty in staffing the stores.

  • SHORTAGE OF ADEQUATE WORKERS

    President Niccollai reported today that as Frontline Employees in the Food Industry, we are experiencing an inability by some of our Union Employers to properly staff departments.  This situation is occurring because of several factors:

    First, there are people still fearful of returning to work because of COVID-19 issues.

    Second, workers, especially women, are unable to return to the job because they have children not fully attending school on a daily basis.



  • ACME SUPERMARKETS RATIFICATION VOTE

     

    Your Union is pleased to report the outcome of the ACME Supermarkets ratification vote as follows:

     

    Total Number of Votes:    816

    Number of Yes Votes:      811

    Number of No Votes:           4

    Number of Non Votes:         1

     

  • KINGS CONTRACT UPDATE

    SUCCESS – KINGS WINS IMPLEMENTATION OF INDUSTRY CONTRACT WITH WAGE INCREASE RETROACTIVITY

     

  • KINGS CONTRACT UPDATE

    President Niccollai reported today that unfortunately the Rumor Mill has been running rampant concerning the status of our Kings Contract.  Please pay no attention to the Rumor Mill.  There was no contract extension for a year.



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    COVID-19 UPDATE

     

    A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE VACCINE TUNNEL

    FOR FOOD WORKERS!

     

     

    President Niccollai reported today that as you know from prior postings, your Union has been unwavering in our attempt to achieve recognition of “our Essential Worker status” for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  Well, we can finally report success on that issue.

     

  • TELEPHONIC MARCH 9, 2021 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    Based upon the Coronavirus Pandemic social gathering restrictions, and also in order to assure membership safety, the General Membership Meeting for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 will be held telephonically at 7:00 P.M.  Members who wish to participate should contact JoAnn Piscitelli at 973-256-6790 in order to verify membership and obtain access instructions for participating. 

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI

    FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021


     ACME CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

    President Niccollai reported that the Union and the Company met yesterday virtually for the second negotiation at 10:00 A.M.  At this meeting, the Company presented the Union Committee with a list of counter-proposals, which included in part the following:



  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2020

    KINGS BANKRUPTCY UPDATE

    WARN NOTICE

  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020

    RESULTS OF CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE

    FOODTOWN AND TOPS

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020

    RESULTS OF CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE

    President Niccollai reported late this afternoon that the votes taken among the Stop & Shop and ShopRite members were individually counted by a member of our Elected Contract Committee from each Company, along with the Union Contract Committee Members.

  • CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

     President Niccollai reported this evening that a tentative settlement has been reached with Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Foodtown for a new agreement, which will guarantee no co-pay medical benefits to both full-time and part-time members for the entire term.  This accomplishment is monumental and comes at substantial cost to our Employers.  

     

    Other noteworthy highlights include:

     

    • Continuation of our Defined Benefit Pension Plan.

  • CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDAT - President Niccollai reported today that the Union Contract Negotiating Committee met again today with the Negotiating Committee for the Employers.  The Company gave us a second contract proposal, which was slightly better than the first proposal, but still far short of our goals and needs.  The biggest positive move made by the Employers related to the fact that they will continue to fund our Defined Benefit Pension Plan for both full-time and part-time members.  The biggest disappointment is the Company’s position to require a 9 ½% deduction fro

  • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020

    KINGS BANKRUPTCY UPDATE

    President Niccollai reported today that the Rumor Mill is running wild again, with stories being issued by uninformed sources that are undermining the workforce and the integrity of the Company.  Let’s all take a few minutes, settle down and deal with the facts and not a Rumor Mill that’s always negative and hurtful.

    First, ACME is the successful bidder for 27 stores and seeks to enhance the reputation of Kings and grow the business.  (That’s very positive.)

  • CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

     

    President Niccollai reported today that the Union Negotiating Committee met with the Companies’ Negotiating Committees for the fifth time in an attempt to hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

     

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020

    KINGS BANKRUPTCY UPDATE

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020

    KINGS BANKRUPTCY UPDATE 

     

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  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI, WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE

    FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI

    TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019

    UPDATE ON STOP & SHOP CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS IN NEW ENGLAND



    With all Local Unions ratifying the New England Stop & Shop Settlement, members are elated as to the terms of the newly negotiated contract.

  • AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

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