UFCW Local 152 Members Ratify New Contract with ShopRite Agreement covers 2,500 union workers, maintains no cost-sharing for health benefits Business Wire MAYS LANDING, N.J. -- July 30, 2013 Union workers at 15 ShopRite-owned stores in Southern New Jersey voted overwhelmingly on July 29 to ratify a new contract with their employer. Approval of the 16-month contract, which covers 2,500 members of UFCW Local 152, concluded three months of negotiations between the union and ShopRite. The agreement secures a wage increase, an increase in pension contributions by the employer and continuation of health benefits that do not require cost-sharing by the members. “The feedback from the members at our three voting locations was entirely positive,” UFCW Local 152 President Brian String said. “These were painstakingly difficult negotiations because of the uncertainties surrounding the Affordable Care Act,” he added. “Fortunately, both the union and the company were willing to roll up their sleeves and work on a solution.” Maintaining the workers’ excellent health benefits was the primary concern of the union’s lead negotiating team and a 20-member negotiating committee of rank-and-file ShopRite members, String said. “That was our goal and I’m proud to say we accomplished it.” The absence of cost-sharing makes this contract one of the last of its kind in the industry, he said. “We did everything we could to continue the strong benefits package for members,” he said, noting that ShopRite agreed to increase its health and welfare contributions by 19 percent over the course of the contract. The company also will increase its contributions to the workers’ pension fund by 10 percent during the next 16 months in a continued effort to bring the fund back to “safe” status. Union members were provided updates at more than a dozen meetings during the course of the negotiations. Contact: UFCW Local 152 Brian String, President 888-JOIN-152 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ufcwlocal152.org
UFCW Local 152 Members Ratify New Contract with ShopRite
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