Shoppers Workers Begin Negotiations

LANDOVER, Md. — Workers at Supervalu’ [1]s Shoppers Food & Pharmacy chain have launched a campaign demanding “fairness and justice” as they begin contract negotiations with the retailer.

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 here on Wednesday said it had started a new website [2], and was mobilizing its members for collective bargaining. Its contract with Shoppers expires July 7.

"We will not let Shoppers/Supervalu dump its financial problems on our members' backs," UFCW Local 400 President Tom McNutt said in a statement. "Workers are Shoppers' greatest asset and the solution to the company's problems, which lie exclusively in the executive suites. We are going to emphatically make the case that investing in Shoppers' workers in the best and only way for the company to start growing and profiting again.”

"We are in active negotiations with the UFCW to reach agreement on a new contract for our Shoppers stores, and we are working through challenging issues," Steve Syvan, a spokesman for Supervalu, told SN. "We have every reason to believe we will be able to reach a fair and reasonable agreement that will allow us to serve our customers while continuing to provide our associates with good wages, access to quality, affordable health care, and retirement benefits. We look forward to working with the union leaders to make that possible. In the meantime, our stores are open for business and we are serving our customers as normal."