Union partners approve new three-year contract with Schnucks

UFCW Local 655 Partners approved a new union contract on Wednesday featuring historic pay raises and improved healthcare benefits

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 represents about 4,600 Schnucks employees throughout the St. Louis region. On Wednesday, those workers approved a new three-year union contract with the hometown grocery chain.

“This is arguably the best contract in our history,” said UFCW Local 655 President David Cook. “Many of these men and women worked through a pandemic and not only are they receiving substantial pay increases, but we’ve also been able to improve their healthcare benefits without raising costs to workers by a single penny.”

Union partners gathered in the Family Arena in St. Charles where 56 percent of them voted to approve the new contract. Negotiations began in late February — much earlier than in previous years — because both Schnucks and Local 655 agreed that it was critical to get money in workers’ pockets quickly. The Schnucks contract also sets the economic table for union negotiations with other local grocery chains, like Dierbergs and Straubs.

“We are pleased that our UFCW Local 655 teammates voted to approve our latest contract proposal,” said David Bell, Schnucks chief financial officer. “Over the last two years, our communities have come to know what we have known for many years – that our Schnucks teammates serve an important role taking care of our customers. This was top of mind for us as we worked with Local 655 on this new package that received the unanimous approval of their bargaining committee and union leadership.”

“I want to thank Schnucks for engaging good faith bargaining,” Cook said. “We don’t always see eye-to-eye but we understand that the best outcome is one that provides good jobs for our partners while also allowing Schnucks to be competitive against non-union employers.”

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services participated in bargaining from day one, and Cook thanked them for their hard work.

“FMCS plays a really important role and they are critical in this process,” Cook said.

Local 655 anticipates a vote on a Dierbergs contract with a similar economic package in the coming weeks, noting that Dierbergs negotiations had concluded earlier in the day on Wednesday.

 


 

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