NEW YORK — Workers at Stop & Shop and King Kullen on Monday ratified a new, 14-month labor contract, according to United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500.
Due to the short length of the agreement, the union said it has already started the process of mobilizing members at both Stop & Shop and King Kullen in preparation for negotiations in the coming months.
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The previous agreement with Stop & Shop expired on Sept. 28 and was extended twice until Nov. 2. The previous collective bargaining agreement with King Kullen expired on Sept. 28 and was extended four times before a tentative agreement was reached on Dec. 18.
The agreement covers some 8,000 workers, and dates retroactively from Sept. 29, 2013 through Dec. 6, 2014.
The union cited high cost mandates from the Affordable Care Act as a difficult hurdle to overcome. “Both negotiating committees did an excellent job. We were able to come under compliance with Affordable Care Act mandates and still achieve affordable coverage for full-timers with no paycheck deductions, and maintain dental, vision and affordable health coverage for part-timers,” said UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce Both.
The agreement secured all employees’ pension plans, increased hours for all part-timers, and provided two wage increases over 14-months to all employees, the union said.
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