“It would not have taken six months of bitter negotiations and the prospect of a strike to reach this strong and fair agreement,” Federici said, “but we hung on and we finally won. Our members were David`s members at Safeway Wall Street Goliaths, and they proved that the power of active, unbeatable and unbeatable union members can actually triumph over the cold, hard money of billionaires. When the contracts expire, the members concerned will be consulted on their priorities and proposals to amend the agreement will be drawn up. Union representatives and committees negotiate with the employer and, finally, a new agreement is put to a vote by members. The four-year contract provides for wage increases above the minimum wage, sticks to current health care and guarantees – on the most controversial topic of the negotiations – full funding of pension benefits for current workers and retirees. It is one of the only agreements in the United States to guarantee a defined benefit pension plan. Your union contract is a legally binding agreement that determines and guarantees all your working conditions and rights in the workplace. The Safeway Agreement will enter into effect retroactively on October 27, 2019 and expire on October 28, 2023. Alongside the gigantic treaty ratified today, one of the most important provisions is: “The activism, strength and courage of our members and their willingness to do whatever is necessary for a fair contract means that they benefit from a solid wage increase, quality health care and a secure retirement that their hard work has brought them,” Said Mr. Federici. Our members were struggling to prepare for a long strike and Safeway/Albertson knew exactly what the consequences would be.
This changed the game and led to this strong agreement. OXON HILL, Md., March 5, 2020- Hours before the strike vote, at 2:00 a.m.m. On March 5, members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 entered into a collective agreement with Safeway. This agreement was ratified this afternoon by an overwhelming majority. “The Wall Street masters of Safeway tried to break their promises,” said Jane St. Louis, a member of the negotiating committee and local vice president 400, who works at Safeway #2794. “They tried to freeze the initial minimum wage, prevent new hires from qualifying for health care and leave our retirees high and dry.
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