Friday, November 13, 2015

Update on A&P Bankruptcy Developments

Below you will find an update on the latest Bankruptcy Court procedures. We have also updated the Pathmark Store Status Chart below to reflect new stores that will be represented by our Union, Local 1500. Please do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative or contact us for any questions you may have.
The Bankruptcy Court has approved the Debtor’s Motion to set a bar date of November 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern time for the filing of proof of claim forms for unsecured claims, which are claims that accrued before the bankruptcy petitions were filed on July 19, 2015.  Such claims must be received at the addresses provided in the claim form notice before 5 p.m. on November 30, 2015.  A Notice and claim form related to this Order have been or probably will be sent or handed by store managers to some employees and former employees.  
UFCW local unions are filing proofs of claim for all grievances and arbitrations, PTO, and other claims arising under their collective bargaining agreements with A&P affiliates and any unfair labor practices.  Of course, if an employee wants to file a claim form he or she may do so, but consistent with the information provided herein employees do not have to file a proof of claim for claims under a collective bargaining agreement because UFCW local unions are doing so.  Employees should make sure your local union is aware of any grievances concerning actions that took place before July 19, 2015, the day that the bankruptcy petitions were filed.
NOTE: If employees or former employees have any claims that do NOT arise under the collective bargaining agreement, including workers’ compensation claims, discrimination claims, or any personal lawsuits, you should strongly consider filing an individual proof of claim (claims of this type will NOT be included in any proof of claim filed by UFCW affiliates), and if you have an attorney on any such matter you may want to discuss with the attorney the bar date and the filing of a proof of claim.
Please contact your Union Representative if you have any additional questions regarding this matter.
We have also created a website,, where you can find answers to your questions on benefits, find job postings, and Resource Fair schedules.
Please review the chart below for a full updated list of our Pathmark stores. The blue highlighted cells are stores that will now be represented by Local 338. The red highlighted cells are stores that will now be represented by Local 1500.
We'd like to welcome new members of UFCW Local 1500 at three former Waldbaums stores, Center Moriches (bought by Dan's Supreme Key Food,, North Patchogue (bought by King Kullen) & College Point (bought by Glass Gardens ShopRite). Welcome! We look forward to serving you!

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions, concerns or issues.
Thank you,
UFCW Local 1500
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Top 11 Stories This Week: Fast Food Strikes, Fast Moving TPP, Ikea & Unions, Veterans Day

Cuomo to Create $15 Minimum Wage for New York State Workers - See more at:

Cuomo to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 for All New York State Employees

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he would unilaterally establish a $15 minimum wage for all state workers, making New York the first state to set such a high wage for its public employees.
Read the entire story @NYTimes
Related: Labor's New Reality @LATimes
UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce Both's editorial on veterans was featured in two NY newspapers this week, The Downtown Express & Gay City News. We are forever grateful to every veteran for their selfless service.
2. Labor Pains for Mrs. Green's: Company Found Guilty of Labor Violations Polls West Village Community on View of Unions, Workers...
The real question is, why would a company found guilty of firing workers because they wanted a union, ask a community what they think about workers? Read the entire story @NYPost.
The company is in turmoil, and it's treatment of men and women who work in the stores is shameful.
Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years — of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Wal-Mart employees — have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations. But what these campaigns haven't done is create more than a small number of new dues-paying union members. Nor, for the foreseeable future, do unions anticipate that they will.
“This expanded NAFTA style trade agreement will continue offshoring US jobs, increase wealth inequality, grow our trade deficits, and plunge more American families into poverty. It is clear that the TPP is written for the exclusive profit and monopoly interests of transnational corporations, granting them powers that usurp our systems and principles of democracy, civil liberties, and human rights,” said Frank Natalie, Executive Vice President of the Capital District Area Labor Federation.
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) debate intensifies, a coalition of U.S. and Mexican labor and civil society groups are taking an unprecedented legal approach to protect workers’ rights that will test the strength of labor protections in international trade agreements.
"Everybody in retail is dealing with an increase in minimum wage," said Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI). "We will adjust to increased costs just like we have before. Life will go on. There's been too much hubbub about it."
On Tuesday, one year before the 2016 presidential election, thousands of fast food workers walked out of their jobs in 270 cities. Organizers say it is the largest action yet by the three-year old Fight for $15 movement. An even larger number of workers from other low-paying jobs joined them in marches on local city halls in a total of 500 cities to send a message to political candidates: they represent 42 percent of the American workforce, and if they register to vote, they make a difference.
Yesterday, a large group of workers at an IKEA store in Massachusetts told the company they want to unionize. IKEA’s response so far? Nothing.

An Iraq War Veteran explains how defending America against climate change, can help defend our country.

A very similar situation to A&P bankruptcy is ongoing on the west coast, right now.  Super chain, Haggen is auctioning off its stores. Thousands of UFCW members are affected. 
Here's the latest UFCW statement.
Elsewhere & Out There:
Need for Climate Awareness: A study partially funded by Nasa predicted that civilization as we know it could be steadily heading for a collapse within the next century due to climate change– and the window to create impactful change is narrowing. Read the entire story here.
Thank You:
It's often a thankless job, so we'd like to say, thank you. And thank you for being a subscriber. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Providing a Better Life for Our Veterans

By: Bruce W. Both

Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of all U.S. military veterans. But acknowledging what these amazing men and women have done for our country is not enough. We must do more.

To truly honor our veterans, Veterans Day must be a time to strengthen our commitment to providing our veterans with “good jobs” with better wages and benefits that can support a family and provide a pathway to the middle class.

The harsh reality today is that too many workers – including too many of our veterans in New York – are a facing serious obstacles to finding these good jobs. Unlike their parents and grandparents who served in the military and returned home to a time of shared prosperity, today’s veterans are returning to a country that is grappling with a wealth gap not seen since the “Roaring Twenties,” where good manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas, wages are stagnant, and the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. More troubling, irresponsible companies like Walmart talk proudly about their programs for veterans, but fail to provide wages or opportunities necessary to build a better life.

The simple truth is this: We can and must do better, and our union family is committed to standing up for our veterans and their families.

In New York, UFCW Local 1500 represents 22,500 of hard-working men and women at Stop & Shop, Key Food, Fairway, ShopRite, D’Agostinos, Gristedes and many of our members are veterans. Whether it is the veteran at Fairway Market or Stop & Shop, we work hard to provide the better wages and benefits that all hard-working men and women have earned and deserve.

Nationally, for example, being a member of our union family provides veterans and non-veterans 27 percent more in pay than non-union workers. They are more likely to have paid sick leave and a pension plan, which means they have more control over their lives today and in the future. And, we stand and fight against discrimination and unsafe workplace conditions veterans and others face that are often ignored by non-union companies.

Despite their dedication, experience and skills, too many of our country’s veterans are paying the price as companies continue to cut wages, hours and benefits, and punish those who speak out and try to better their lives. This should not be the reality for any worker, but it especially should not be the reality for our veterans.

So our challenge to employers all across New York is this: Stand up with us and do more for our veterans. Commit to not only hiring more veterans, but provide them and all retail workers with better wages and benefits.

The best way to honor our veterans on this solemn day is to provide them with an opportunity to earn a better life. That is the least our New York employers can do.

Bruce W. Both is the President of UFCW Local 1500 in Westbury, NY.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Flagrant Labor Abuser Polls West Village on Thoughts of Workers, Unions...

Many customers of Mrs. Green's newest store in the West Village complained to us that they were being polled by telephone on their support of labor, workers and unions.  As reported by the NY Post this week, a resident explained how he was polled earlier in October:
"The West Village is pretty liberal,” said the resident, who did not want to be named. “The survey started out asking questions about the food options in the neighborhood and then veered towards unions.”
The real question is, why would a company found guilty of firing workers because they wanted a union, ask a community what they think about workers?

For more information and to get involved in the campaign to bring equality and rights to the men and women working at Mrs. Green's, visit

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