First off, we would like to extend our thanks for your patience and understanding throughout this slow and drawn out process. As you know, these negotiations have been unusually difficult.
The lack of information and movement during contract negotiations has increased the spread of misinformation in certain stores. This makes the slow process even worse. As always we encourage you to keep in contact with your Union Representatives via phone, email and of course when you see them in your stores.
The last contract negotiating session took place on Friday, June, 24, 2016. As we mentioned in our last update both sides are still far apart. Many of the open issues that still need to be resolved are significant parts to securing a fair and good contract you'll be proud of. The goal of your negotiating committee hasn’t changed and will not change no matter how long this process takes.
There has been no movement since then due to scheduling conflicts. We are still working to secure a date that works for both sides to resume negotiations. As of today a new date has not yet been scheduled. You will be informed as soon as we secure a new date.
It's your continued daily support of us on the negotiating committee that gives us the strength to continue this effort until we can reach a fair agreement.
Stay strong, and united for a fair contract.
We will continue to keep you posted as soon as any new dates are scheduled, any news breaks or if anything changes.