UFCW Local 655 recommends members accept new tentative contract proposal from Schnucks

newschnucksUnion renewed negotiations with Schnucks when members overwhelmingly rejected different proposal in September; will recommend accepting new tentative proposal at union meeting next Wednesday

UFCW Local 655 leadership and their rank-and-file Bargaining Committee are unanimously recommending that the more than 4,500 Schnucks employees accept a new tentative contract proposal negotiated this evening after a 9-hour bargaining session today, Local 655 President David Cook announced.

“Significant changes have been made that will have a positive impact on our members,” Cook said.

UFCW Local 655 will hold a meeting for all Schnucks members on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the St. Charles Family Arena to vote on the contract.

The union’s current three-year contract expired May 8, but had been extended on a day-to-day basis while negotiations continued.

The other two largest area union employers, Shop ‘n Save and Dierbergs, have already stated that they will sign the same economic package that Schnucks and Local 655 agree to, effectively making the Schnucks contract the standard by which other contracts will be set.

Straubs, whose contract expired Sept. 24, was not part of these negotiations but will be presented with the same agreement if Local 655’s members accept it next Wednesday. Dierbergs and Shop ‘n Save are expected to reach tentative agreements with the Union some time next week.

“We are very happy to say that this proposal makes significant improvements over the proposal rejected on Sept. 26 and helps us avert a costly strike that would severely impact our members and the general public,” Cook said. “Schnucks leadership recognized that our members were prepared to strike if they weren’t offered a fair deal, and they came back to the table with a much better proposal.”

“This Union is committed to improving the lives of hard-working people, and our members deserve the pay and benefits they have earned while making these companies so successful,” Cook added.

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