United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1500 has filed a complaint with New York State Department of Labor against the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), the parent company of Pathmark Supermarkets, alleging violations of the New York State W.A.R.N. Act. The W.A.R.N. Act is a State law that outlines a company’s legal obligations to employees when they announce the shutdown of their operations.
UFCW Local 1500 announced the complaint after repeated attempts to resolve the issue with A&P/Pathmark executives. “Our Union will continue to drive home the point that it is the workers that will lead A&P out of its financial troubles. However, they have a both a moral and legal obligation to do all they can for employees that are being impacted immediately by this bankruptcy,” stated Bruce W. Both, President of UFCW Local 1500.
UFCW Local 1500 Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Speelman emphasized the Union will continue to use all means necessary to enforce the contract and make sure appropriate authorities hear the voices of the workers. “Whether it is the Federal Judge overseeing the bankruptcy or Federal and State agencies such as the Department of Labor, our Union will continue to speak loudly on behalf of our members. The men and women working in these stores are not responsible for this company’s financial mess and we will do everything we can to make sure the A&P/Pathmark does not attempt to build it’s future solely on the backs of our members.”
For more information on the A&P/Pathmark bankruptcy, please continue to follow UFCW Local 1500 on Facebook, its website www.ufcw1500.org or by contacting the Union at 1-800-522-0456 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pathmark members should also stay in contact with their designated Union Representative.