UNION LOCAL 1776 CLAIMS COURT VICTORY

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776 here said last week it has won a ruling from a Common Pleas Court judge in Philadelphia upholding its contractual right for employees to receive 60 days' notice before an employer can close a store.ed a temporary restraining order in August to keep the store open, pending the Common Pleas court ruling.Under that ruling, issued

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776 here said last week it has won a ruling from a Common Pleas Court judge in Philadelphia upholding its contractual right for employees to receive 60 days' notice before an employer can close a store.

ed a temporary restraining order in August to keep the store open, pending the Common Pleas court ruling.

Under that ruling, issued earlier this month, the store can close whenever it wants but it must pay employees for the equivalent of 60 days, Wendell Young 4th, executive vice president of Local 1776, told SN last week.

Young said he is not sure when the store will close, and A&P officials could not be reached for comment last week.

Young said the union also sought a ruling in U.S. District Court to enforce other contract provisions regarding the successor clause -- which requires a buyer to honor the terms of the existing contract -- and the union's 90-day right-of-first-refusal to buy the store or find a buyer who will guarantee to retain employee jobs.

He said A&P subsequently agreed not to sell or transfer the lease until it got agreement from the buyer to honor the contract, pending an arbitration ruling on the matter. The proposed buyer has declined so far to talk with the union, Young said.