The following update is from the UFCW Local 1500 A&P/Pathmark Bankruptcy Negotiation Team:
Negotiations between the UFCW Local 1500, A&P Pathmark and the several other affected UFCW Local Unions concluded Thursday evening with no progress having made between the parties.
The following is a brief summary of the current status of the negotiations:
1. Unions representing UFCW members working in A&P/Pathmark stores located in New York have presented a united front to the company and have made it clear that their solidarity will not be broken. Management must deal with the New York unions together.
2. Despite various reports from other sources outlining the companies demands, UFCW Local 1500 members should understand these negotiations will NOT be driven by any set of unacceptable demands made by the company. The Union considers several demands "dead on arrival."
3. The company is scheduled to appear before the Federal bankruptcy judge Monday morning, November 14, 2011. The unions are prepared to meet non-stop through the weekend to reach a fair agreement.
UFCW Local 1500 will continue to keep you updated as soon as events change. We continue to work very hard to reach an agreement that saves jobs, keeps as much of our contract with Pathmark intact and helps return this company to profitability and growth.
Members should continue to stay focused, united and informed. Please report any rumors to your union delegate. Follow our updates on the union website and our Facebook page. As we have all along, we will continue to disseminate information to you in compliance with the confidentiality guidelines of the bankruptcy court.