NEW YORK — United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500 and several other area UFCW locals on Thursday said it had sent a letter to unionized supermarket operators in the Northeast warning them not to take advantage of A&P's bankruptcy in their own contract negotiations.
"There may be a need for even more creativity and cooperation than usual in our upcoming negotiations with A&P," the letter stated. "This letter will serve as notice to all employers whose contracts are coming due in the near future that, while we are willing as always to negotiate fair and equitable agreements with each an every employer, we will, as always, consider the needs of each employer individually, based on their particular circumstances." The union "will not allow any employer, regardless of size, to attempt to take advantage of another retailer's unfortunate circumstances," the letter stated.
The letter was signed by presidents of UFCW Locals 100R, 152, 338, 342, 464A, 1245 and 1500.