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UFCW and Stop & Shop Reach Tentative Agreements

SS Quincy Rally (196)On Saturday, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop reached tentative agreements for a new contract with their employer in New England. The tentative agreements will cover 35,000 members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 if members ratify. The local unions will hold ratification votes next week.

The previous contracts expired in late February, and members have continued to work and serve their customers without a contract for 42 days. The negotiating committees and local union leadership have met with the company 57 times over the past three months to come to a fair deal.

The hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop have been joined in their fight for fair contracts by customers, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Edward J. Markey, Chris Murphy, and Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Treasurer and member of Stop & Shop’s founding family, Deb Goldberg, the combined 700,000 union members of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island State AFL-CIO Councils, and the 1.3 million members of the UFCW International Union.

The New England Council of the UFCW made the following statement after the tentative agreements were reached:

“Today’s agreements are the result of unity and solidarity from all of our members who work for Ahold and its banner grocery stores. Our goal was to work together, beat back the company’s concessionary demands and negotiate a better life for our incredible Stop & Shop members. Working together, we have reached a tentative agreement that all sides can agree is fair and equitable.

“Today’s agreement is also a measure of how our union family can work together to ensure that our members can earn a better life. If our members choose to accept this contract in the ratification process, this will be a victory not just for working people in New England, but for our communities and for all of the union families who came together to stand up for good jobs.

“While the negotiating process is always a challenge, and as we await our members’ ratification of the contract, we must thank the customers we serve, our communities, and our extended UFCW union family.

“By standing together, we have all made a difference in people’s lives, and that is something we can all be proud of.”

Stop & Shop Unity Bargaining Effort Expands to 12 UFCW Locals

Stop & Shop Update

Last week, International President Marc Perrone called a meeting with the UFCW locals who represent the thousands of our union brothers and sisters employed by Ahold. Leadership from a dozen local unions met in Little Falls, N.J., to discuss the collective interests of 75,000 Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s and Peapod members.

The local presidents worked together with President Perrone, Region 1 Director Tom Clarke, Region 2 Director Al Vincent, and International Executive Vice President and Director of Collective Bargaining Kevin Williamson to strategize and develop a bargaining plan that will keep 12 locals unified in the mission of securing a better future for the hard-working men and women who make Ahold successful.

Stop & Shop’s unfair contract proposals in New England have engendered a new solidarity across local unions and across regions. Local 464A is scheduled to begin bargaining with the company on April 7, and has pledged not to sign a deal with the company until Stop & Shop gives New England members a fair deal.

This week, the New England locals will host a rally in Providence, R.I., for all the working people of Ahold that will bring together members from Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s and Peapod, as well as members from Massachusetts, Virginia, and from all states in between, to deliver one clear message to the company: In the UFCW, we all stand together, and no local union bargains alone.

Our brothers and sisters in New England have the full support of all the Ahold local unions and the full support of the International. Together, we will secure a fair contract that rewards the hard work of those who make Ahold successful and profitable.

One Thousand March Through South Los Angeles in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico—

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On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the UFCW marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand respect and a fair contract. The march coincided with El Super’s parent company – Grupo Comercial Chedraui’s – Annual Meeting of its Board of Directors in Xalapa, Mexico.

“We need a fair contract so we can take care of ourselves and our families,” said Lydia Flores, an El Super cashier. “Sometimes, my coworkers have to work two jobs to get by. I have a son who is ill. I can’t do that because I have to take care of him as well. We need fair pay and enough paid sick days so we can take care of our families” Flores said.

El Super union members have been fighting to win a fair contract since September 2013. El Super/ dba Bodega Latina is a Latino-focused grocery chain with 54 stores in the U.S. It is a subsidiary of Chedraui – Mexico’s third largest retailer.

“El Super needs to respect the will of its workers and negotiate a fair agreement that rewards our members for their hard work,” said Ricardo F. Icaza, President of UFCW Local 770.

In December of 2014 the unions commenced a national consumer boycott in protest of the Company’s unfair labor practices and treatment of its workers. The boycott has had a significant impact. It has reached over 2 million shoppers and contributed to negative same store sales at El Super markets during 2015 – its first annual negative same store sales since it began reporting financial results in 2010.

Huntington Park Mayor Graciela Ortiz voiced her support for El Super workers at a rally held outside an El Super store in Huntington Park. “Our community supported El Super workers when they called for a consumer boycott. Last April, the City of Huntington Park passed a resolution endorsing the El Super boycott. As residents and leaders in our community we will continue to hold companies responsible in providing adequate living wages to the workers that serve our community,” Mayor Graciela added.

El Super workers are asking to share in the company’s prosperity, which they helped create. Indeed, although Chedraui reported $4.5 billion in net sales in 2015, much of drawn from U.S. sales, it does not pay its workers a fair wage, offer affordable health insurance or provide sufficient hours to support a family.  The El Super workers and their union, the UFCW, are seeking just that – fair pay, adequate paid sick days, stronger seniority protections, and a 40-hour guarantee for full-time workers.