UFCW Local 1500 members from Stop & Shop and King Kullen Supermarkets overwhelmingly ratified new collective bargaining agreements with their employers. The new collective bargaining agreements cover over 8,000 men and women across metropolitan New York for 14 months dating retroactively on September 29, 2013 through December 6, 2014.
Throughout the over three-month negotiation process, challenging mandates from the Affordable Care Act were often noted as the most difficult hurdle to overcome. The agreements come under compliance with Affordable Care Act mandates and achieve affordable coverage for full-time workers with no paycheck deductions, and maintain dental, vision and affordable health coverage for part-time workers. The agreements also secure all employees’ pension plans, increased hours for all part-timers, and provided two wage increases over 14 months to all employees.
Due to the short length of the agreements, members have already started the process of mobilizing at both Stop & Shop and King Kullen in preparation for negotiations in the coming months.