There are three separate contracts; retail, distribution center/transportation and retail facilities maintenance covering over 27,000 workers. They are four-year agreements effective 8/21/16 with immediate wage increases. Starting rates were increased significantly, and the top wage rates increased in all contracts. Other contract improvements include:
Elimination of the 20-hour per week average to receive paid time off.
More paid time off for workers hired after 10/23/05.
Increases in the company's match to employees' 401(k) plans.
Quicker qualification for paid holidays for workers hired on or after 9/14/03.
Greater opportunity to obtain a full-time position and promotions.
Improved scheduling language that strengthens both full-time and part-time seniority.
"We made good progress in these negotiations, but there is still work to do," Cakmakci said. "I look forward to continuing to work with the company to improve the lives of the UFCW 951 members working at Meijer."
UFCW 951 represents approximately 32,000 workers across Michigan employed at a variety of companies including Meijer, Kroger, Rite Aid, JBS, Polly's, Plumb's, Harding's, Valley City Linen and Orchard Grove Nursing Home.
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SOURCE UFCW 951