Friday, January 19, 2018

Attention Dan’s Supreme members [1-19-2018]

Attention Dan’s Supreme members

We are pleased to report that this afternoon your negotiating committee and company have reached a tentative agreement on your contract!  This contract expired on June 24th, 2017 and we have been working with an extension since then.  Today we tentatively settled on a four year deal that we feel will substantially benefit the members of Local 1500 working at Dan’s Supreme.  Please stay tuned for voting information as we are looking for this settlement to be voted within the next two weeks.  Congratulations to Theresa Perrino, Mike Nass, and Joanie Stilson for a job well-done, and the rest of the Dan’s membership for their support!


Your Dan’s Supreme Key Food negotiating team



Thursday, January 18, 2018

TOPS Update [12.13.2017]

Dear Tops Members,

We are pleased to announce that we were able to secure a contract extension from the Tops Supermarket Company yesterday. In light of the pending store closing, both your Union and the Employer felt that this was the best way to proceed. In addition, the Company has agreed to what is commonly referred to as a “me too” agreement for the new contract. This “me too” agreement means that Tops Supermarkets will agree to the same terms and conditions that our other Industry Employers settle for during this round of bargaining. Please be advised that no matter what the settlement is the members working at Tops will all have the right to vote on the settlement and either ratify or reject that agreement. At present time we feel that our time is better spent trying to help the members that are scheduled to be displaced, transferred, bumped or laid off because of the store closing. Should you have any questions and/or issues please do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative Greg Pasquale or Field Director Terry Quinones.

Fairway Update [12.13.2017]

Attention Fairway Members...

In an effort to negotiate a new contract for the members working for Fairway Markets we have met with the Company 3 times since November 14th, 2017. Unfortunately, we must report that very little progress has been made thus far. Although we understand the difficulty that both competition and the pending minimum wage increases present for them we had hoped for significantly more progress and cooperation. We agreed to start negotiations much earlier than normal this time, hoping to bring you all a new contract to vote on before the end of 2017. That is clearly not going to happen, and we have decided to cancel the remaining scheduled bargaining sessions for this year. We will resume negotiations sometime in mid to late January 2018. Your Union Representatives will be out in the stores to meet with all of you and discuss the specific issues and the process further over the next few weeks. As always, we appreciate the strong support the Fairway membership has shown for its negotiating committee and we remain hopeful that we can bring you a final settlement that you can vote on before your current contract expires on April 1st, 2018. Have a great Holiday season.
#myunionhasvalue

Stop & Shop Update [12-21-17]

Dear Stop & Shop Members,

Update on Stop & Shop Negotiations…All members employed by Stop & Shop Supermarkets should be aware that your contract expires at 12:01 am on 12/31/2017. Over the last few weeks your Union negotiating committee met with the company 3 times in an effort to negotiate a new agreement. Although some progress has been made in each session there hasn’t been any significant movement as of yet. Stop & Shop’s desire to change and/or withdraw from the Pension Fund and their push to have the membership pay even more than you already do towards your healthcare are currently the two biggest obstacles to the progress. Currently there are no additional meetings scheduled for the rest of 2017, but I am sure that both sides will get back to the table in early January. For now, please continue to go to work and do what you all do best because your current contract remains in full effect throughout this process unless one side or the other decides to make a change. We believe the during the Holiday’s it is much better to be working together and providing for your families than any other alternative. On behalf of President Speelman and the rest of the staff of Local 1500 we want to wish all of you, and your families, a very safe and healthy Holiday Season! 
#myunionhasvalue

King Kullen Update [12-22-17]

Dear King Kullen Members,
 
Update on King Kullen negotiations…All members employed by King Kullen Grocery Co. should be aware that your contract expires at 12:01 am on 12/31/17. However, we have a signed extension through February 3rd, 2018. Although we have had five negotiating sessions since November, minimal progress has been made. The Company has made proposals that, among others, would substantially increase your out of pocket expenses with respect to your medical plan. This is unacceptable, and we will continue to endeavor to bring you the best contract possible. We have no additional meetings scheduled for 2017, but we are confident that we will be able to get back to the bargaining table in January. For now, please continue to go to work and do what you all do best because your current contract remains in full effect throughout this process unless one side or the other decides to make a change. We believe the during the Holidays it is much better to be working together and providing for your families than any other alternative. On behalf of President Speelman and the rest of the staff of Local 1500 we want to wish all of you, and your families, a very safe and healthy Holiday Season!

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