Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Federal Mediator Called into Negotiations w/ Stop & Shop, UFCW Local 1500

Following is for release by UFCW Local 1500

Grocery Workers Union Request Federal Mediator Intercede In Negotiations

Stop and Shop Supermarket's Refusal To Sign Contract Extension Triggers Request

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 (UFCW), New York State's largest grocery workers Union, has requested that the Federal government appoint a mediator to intervene in labor negotiations with Stop and Shop Supermarket. The UFCW is taking this action in an attempt avert a Union strike or company lockout that could affect over 5,500 employees. Local 1500 members employed by Stop and Shop are currently working without a contract due to the company's refusal to sign a two week Union contract extension.

Affected employees are employed by Stop and Shop Supermarkets operating in Long Island, the five boroughs, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties.

"Stop and Shop Supermarkets' refusal to sign the two week contract extension offered by the Union leaves consumers, workers and dozens of communities throughout the area holding their breath waiting to see if Stop and Shop will lock out its employees," said Anthony Speelman, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 1500 and lead negotiator for the Union's Stop and Shop Negotiating Committee. "The Union is taking the responsible step of asking for a Federal Mediator to enter the negotiations in hopes of avoiding what would be an economically devastating work stoppage. The Union is also publicly committing to consumers that it will not call for a strike until a Federal Mediator has had an opportunity to help the parties reach an agreement. Stop and Shop must now step up and take the necessary responsible steps to resolve this dispute," Speelman concluded.

The potential work stoppage by the workers is due to Stop and Shop management's attempt to drastically reduce their employee healthcare benefits and, for some workers, eliminate them completely.
"My Union and its 23,000 members want to thank the public for their overwhelming support for the Stop and Shop employees" said Greg Pasquale, Produce Manager for the Stop and Shop located in Beekman, NY. "We are grateful to our loyal customers, the local politicians, members of the community and the other Unions that have pledged to honor our picket lines if Stop and Shop locks us out or forces a strike. We want everyone to know that the last thing we want to do is inconvenience shoppers, lose pay or create economic hardship for our communities. Sadly, it does not appear Stop and Shop management shares our concerns," Pasquale concluded.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, based out of Westbury, New York represents grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by A&P/Pathmark, Fairway, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, D'Agostinos, Key Food, Shop Rite and King Kullen. Stay up to date with UFCW Local 1500 on twitter@ufcw1500,,

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1 comment:

natalino Iamiceli said...

I had a question actually its now nov 10 2013 was wondering whats cuurrently going on saw the lockout notice from the union and explained what it is i understand that part but was wondering has the mediator request been granted and if so are there talks going on with all three parties involved and also if its still deadlock between the union and the company? also was wonderong can there be an out reach to all the local communities where stop and shops are and notify local communities because no one in my local town other than employees know about current negotiatons and also can you outreach to news organizations more mainstream as well it would give the union bigger notice and put pressure on the company to come to a fair settlement.

There is another request can the union with all the other unions push to close all the obamacare loop holes like keeping employees under 31 hours the employer does not have to pay the medical insurance for employers over 50 employees it will make these negotiations a whole lot easier current bill hurts working people and also to the way it looks is that right now it might not even be affordable. just requesting you look at this request and consider it thankyou

Natalino J Iamiceli

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