UFCW Local 152 Members Ratify New Contract with ShopRite
Agreement covers 2,500 union workers, maintains no cost-sharing for health
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.
UFCW Local 152
Brian String, President
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