Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ahold Acquires 37 stores & 2 Regional Chains on Long Island, New York


Ahold Acquires 37 stores & 2 Regional Chains on Long Island, New York

WESTBURY, NY (1/4/2019)(readMedia)—The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Long Island, N.Y. based King Kullen Supermarket Company as well as their wholly owned subsidiary Wild by Nature. The agreement includes both King Kullen and Wild by Nature Brands and a total of 37 stores located throughout Long Island, New York.

Tony Speelman, President of the over 18,000 member UFCW Local 1500, said “Stop & Shop’s newly announced acquisition of the King Kullen & Wild by Nature will affect the retail supermarket landscape on Long Island.  UFCW Local 1500 will work closely with its membership and the executives of the three companies involved to make sure this transition goes as smoothly as possible.  Our primary focus will be protecting the benefits, working conditions and futures of our members and their families. This will be a difficult and confusing time for thousands of our members and we commit to standing side by side with all of them to ensure the best results.” Speelman concluded. 

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and the King Kullen Company have been represented by UFCW Local 1500 for decades.  The companies employ members of UFCW Local 1500 whom are protected by Collective Bargaining Agreements.  It is the Union’s priority to ensure that the protections in the Collective Bargaining Agreements are followed and fully enforced.  UFCW Local 1500, Stop and Shop and King Kullen have had a very productive history of working together and we intend on continuing that relationship with these companies through this transition.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 represents over 18,000 men and women working throughout New York State. Key goals for the Union will be working with Stop & Shop and King Kullen to ensure that members of UFCW Local 1500 transition to their new employer seamlessly and are impacted as minimally as possible.
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We are over 18,000 workers standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family in New York deserves. Join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 at ufcw1500.org and follow us @ufcw1500.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1500, based out of Westbury, New York, represents over 18,000 grocery hard-working workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties.

Stay up to date with UFCW Local 1500: @ufcw1500, and at www.ufcw1500.org.

For any questions contact Aly Waddy @awaddy@ufcw1500.org




Monday, March 19, 2018

UFCW Local 1500 Announces Endorsement of Jessica Ramos in NY Senate District 13

 WESTBURY, NY (03/19/2018) (readMedia)-- United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1500, New York State's largest grocery workers union today announced its endorsement of Jessica Ramos to be the next New York State Senator to represent the constituents from District 13.

"Working in the Labor movement for over a decade, Jessica has shown strong leadership, aggressively fighting for her Union brothers and sisters while also organizing within her community," said UFCW Local 1500 President Anthony G. Speelman. "UFCW Local 1500 is excited to support Jessica Ramos and help her bring her strong working-class values and deep understanding of working women and men's values to the New York Senate, " Speelman concluded.

UFCW 1500 represents 18,000 members and promotes progressive policies such as demanding Walmart be held accountable for its unethical business practices, supporting the expansion of supermarkets into underserved communities and creating good food, good jobs and good health for all New Yorkers. Other Issues of importance to Local 1500 members include aggressive wage theft prosecution, demanding labor standards be attached to corporate subsidies and strengthening New York City land use laws.

UFCW Local 1500 has an active "Women's Network Program," which addresses issues particular to women such as domestic violence and breast cancer. Over half of UFCW Local 1500's members are women.

"Jessica Ramos has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of working families for many years," said Robert W. Newell Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 1500. "We know that Jessica will be an aggressive fighter for the residents of Queens and will bring the same passion that she has for improving the lives of her Union members to the New York State Senate. UFCW Local 1500 members look forward to helping elect a true labor candidate in the 13th district" Newell concluded.
"Thank you, Anthony G. Speelman, Robert W. Newell Jr. and UFCW Local 1500 for their strong support and commitment to our effort to build a coalition to make a difference for our working families our immigrants and our youth in Queens," stated Ramos.

UFCW Local 1500 has members in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Fairway, King Kullen, Gristedes, D'Agostinos, Key Food and workers at the Hale and Hearty Commissary. Learn more at www.ufcw1500.org
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We are over 18,000 workers standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family in New York deserves. Join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 at ufcw1500.org and follow us @ufcw1500.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Stop & Shop and King Kullen Ratified [2.21.2018]


     Stop & Shop and King Kullen Ratified


      We are extremely pleased to announce that both the Stop & Shop and King Kullen contracts were overwhelmingly ratified today!  After a months-long battle at the bargaining table to win better wages and secure pensions and healthcare, the membership of Local 1500 that work at Stop & Shop and King Kullen got to vote on their tentative settlements today.  For the record that’s over 9,000 Local 1500 members that are celebrating a new contract!  Without a doubt, this was a very unique set of negotiations, and the membership negotiating committees deserve all the credit for working hard and bringing these deals home for a vote.  Thank you to the great Local 1500 membership for your continued support as we could never do it without you!

Stop & Shop members in Staten Island reviewing & voting on the agreement today.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Stop & Shop Settlement [2-8-2018]

Stop & Shop Settlement

        Good afternoon.  We are very pleased to announce that late this afternoon the Stop & Shop negotiating team reached a tentative settlement with the company. After many weeks of difficult negotiations, your negotiating committee unanimously recommended a new 3 year contract that will secure benefits, increase wages and better your working conditions on the job!  It was an extremely tough road given the challenges that the negotiators faced with the NY Minimum Wage on the rise and the cost of maintaining your current level of Pension and Welfare benefits.  Your Stop & Shop committee fought through it all and stood firm on their belief that any reductions in your pension and/or welfare plans were completely unacceptable.   Your ten-person committee, along with the three Executive Board members should be highly commended for sitting across from the company and holding the line during such difficult negotiations.  It was not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, and in the end your committee saw it through to a successful conclusion.  Voting on this agreement is being scheduled to take place within the next two weeks.  As always you will all have an opportunity to read through the settlement and ask questions prior to voting.  Look out in your stores and on social media for voting notices and announcements.  Once again, thank you to the entire committee on a job well done! #OurUnionHasValue




King Kullen Settlement Reached!! [Feb 6th 2018]

King Kullen Settlement Reached!!

    Good morning!  We are pleased to announce that last night the King Kullen negotiating team reached a tentative settlement with the company. After many weeks of difficult negotiations, your negotiating committee unanimously recommended a new contract that will secure wages and benefits for the next five years!  It was an extremely tough road given the challenges that negotiators are facing with Minimum Wage on the rise and the cost of maintaining your current level of Pension and Welfare benefits.  Your King Kullen committee fought through it all and stood firm on their belief that any reductions in your pension and/or welfare plans were completely unacceptable.   Your committee, Kelly Johnson (store #16), Jean Picard (store #46), Cindy Williams (store #55), George Romahn (store #51), and Danny Gleason (store #1) should be commended for sitting across from the company and holding the line during such difficult negotiations.  It was not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.  Voting on this agreement is being scheduled to take place within the next two weeks and as always you will have an opportunity to read through the settlement and ask questions prior to voting.  Look out in your stores and on social media for voting notices and announcements.  Once again, thank you to the entire committee on a job well done! #OurUnionHasValue

Thank you for your membership and your continued support.
Your UFCW Local 1500 negotiating team

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