JEWEL ORDERED TO REPAY UNION WORKERS

MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Jewel Food Stores here has been ordered to pay a settlement to more than 15,000 union workers after the chain increased employee health insurance contributions without negotiations.An arbitrator appointed by the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Jewel's unnegotiated increase violated the company's contract with the workers, who are represented by United Food and Commercial

MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Jewel Food Stores here has been ordered to pay a settlement to more than 15,000 union workers after the chain increased employee health insurance contributions without negotiations.

An arbitrator appointed by the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Jewel's unnegotiated increase violated the company's contract with the workers, who are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881. The union said the settlement totaled $7 million to $10 million

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