Friday, July 24, 2015

UFCW Statement on A&P Bankruptcy Developments

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2015
Contact: press@ufcw.org


Montvale, N.J. - The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union International President Marc Perrone, released the following statement on behalf of UFCW Locals 27, 100R, 152, 342, 371, 400, 464-A, 1245, 1262, 1360, 1500, 1776 and RWDSU Locals 338 and 1034, after meeting with A&P executives to discuss the future of A&P and its proposed sale.

“For years, the hard-working men and women of A&P not only did their jobs, they personally and financially sacrificed to invest in A&P’s success. These sacrifices were made for the sake of their families, their co-workers, and the customers and communities that they deeply care about. Now, at this critical time, after repeated mismanagement and strategic mistakes made by company executives, A&P is asking for even more. Enough is enough!

“Instead of asking for more sacrifices to pay-off a select group of executives and corporate investors, A&P should be focusing on their workers and their families during this challenging time.

“We want to be very clear, our members and their families sacrificed. They invested financially and personally in the success of these stores and they remain committed to working hard to make these stores a success for any responsible buyers. But make no mistake, we will not take part in any effort that asks them to give up what they have earned and deserve.

“Looking ahead, we will work cooperatively and constructively with anyone, but we will fight back with everything we have if A&P or its financial backers attempt to further exploit our members. For A&P to ask our members to give up their rights and benefits is simply unacceptable. Moreover, it is an insult given that it is our hard-working members who have and will make these stores a success. In fact, what will make these stores a true financial success is new and responsible management, not more sacrifices by A&P’s hard-working men and women.

“If A&P, its executive team, or its investors want to play the blame game, they should all look in the mirror.

“Now is the time for A&P to do what is right and we fully expect that they will honor their responsibilities to its employees, our members, and their families.”

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A&P/Pathmark's Bogus Proposals Are Simply Insulting



For years, you, your co-workers, and your families have personally and financially sacrificed to invest in A&P’s success.

You made these sacrifices for the sake of your families, their co-workers, and the communities you so deeply care about. In light of all that you have done, we know how angry you are about what the company has done. It is an outrageous failure. 

You did everything right, and it’s because of their repeated mismanagement and strategic mistakes that A&P is where it is.

Now, we want you to know, in the interests of selling more stores, A&P is asking for even more sacrifices from you and every co-worker.

Enough is enough!

Among the bogus proposals they have made:

  • Preventing any new buyers from recognizing our union contracts
  • Displacing workers with seniority
  • Trying to limit our right to strike
  • Turning their backs on our agreed contracts and threatening us in their new proposals
  • Letting non-union workers come into our stores and do our jobs
  • Demanding we go quietly while they threaten our jobs and contracts
  • Manipulating and interrupting how we get our severance pay
  • Taking away our vacation and entitlement pay
  • Declaring that we can either roll over and comply with these bogus terms, or we can go to court
Our message to the company is this…

We will not sacrifice more to pay-off a select group of executives and corporate investors. Period.
As we have told the company, our members and their families have already sacrificed.

The truth is what will make your store a financial success are not more sacrifices by you or A&P’s hard-working men and women – you have already done that. What will make them a success is new and responsible management.

If A&P, its executive team, or its investors want to play the blame game, they should all look in the mirror. 

We will fight as hard as we can to protect what you have earned and deserve, and will do everything in our power to make A&P honor their responsibilities to every members and their families.

Our Union is prepared to answer any of your questions and will continue to keep you informed through our Shop Stewards, visits by our Union Delegates, our website, social networks or your phone calls.  Above all, keep the faith and remember we’re fighting every second to protect your future, your jobs and our union.

Thank you and in Solidarity,


Bruce W. Both
President
UFCW Local 1500

Update on A&P: July 24, 2015

Statement from President Bruce W. Both

All of our brothers and sisters from A&P/Pathmark and related banners are enduring a most difficult situation. Be assured our union is fighting every minute to protect you and keep you informed with the most accurate information. All Local Unions, with the assistance of our International and the input of Bankruptcy Attorneys, will not rest until we help bring a positive resolution to this terrible situation.

Our first concern is to stop the spreading of inaccurate information. As usual, rumors are spreading like wildfires throughout the stores since the filing of the 2nd Bankruptcy. The rumors, as usual, are even more distressing and untrue. Do not empower them. By following this link you’ll find a chart of the present status of each Pathmark store our union represents. Please remember this is only an initial report as of today, and we expect additional bids on the unsold stores and those slated to close (refer to attachment).

14 of our stores have been announced as sold during this first round of ‘bidding’, and two were announced to be closing. We have every reason to believe there will be more stores sold. I must stress though, that due to A&P's second bankruptcy filing, we are again in the hands of the Bankruptcy Court, and the judge could modify our agreement if petitioned to do so by the Company.

Our Union is prepared to answer any of your questions and will continue to keep you informed through our Shop Stewards, visits by our Union Delegates, our website, social networks or your phone calls.  Above all, keep the faith and remember we’re fighting every second to protect your future, your jobs and our union.

You can find all updates on Pathmark on our update page located here.

Thank you and in Solidarity,


Bruce W. Both
President
UFCW Local 1500

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Joint Statement on A&P

The following statement is from the 13 UFCW Local Unions Representing A&P/Pathmark, The UFCW International, and Bankruptcy Professionals:

Representatives of the UFCW, UFCW Local Unions, and A&P met today.  The Company reviewed the bankruptcy process to date and the sales process.  Union representatives strongly emphasized the importance of the Union being fully involved in the sales process, including receiving relevant information and data on the sales process as it goes forward.

Meetings are scheduled between the financial advisers for the Union and the Company.  Further discussions between the UFCW, UFCW local unions, and the Company will take place next Wednesday.
 

For more information, questions or comments, please contact your Union Representative.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Blood Drive and BBQ: Tuesday!


Just a friendly reminder: Tuesday, July 14th rain or shine, from 2-8 PM we'll be hosting our annual Summer Blood Drive, Health Fair and BBQ at our Union Hall: 425 Merrick Ave. Westbury, NY 11590.

The New York Blood Center is looking for our assistance.  They're in urgent need of blood.

Come on down to our Union Hall any time after 1:30 PM, enjoy refreshments, a Summer BBQ, and to give the gift of life by donating blood.  All donors and volunteers will receive a T-shirt and gift!

Additionally, all of our benefit offices, Legal, Medical, Pension, as well as The Long Island Council (Drug and Substance Abuse) will be open and available until 8:00 PM.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you Tuesday!  RSVP is necessary!



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