PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- UFCW Local 1776 announced today that it has reached a tentative contract agreement, including wages, benefits and job security language, for the 3000 PLCB Wine and Spirits Shoppe clerks statewide. The proposed contract includes substantial wage increases over the four- year term. "We look forward to explaining the economics of this agreement to our members," said Wendell W. Young, III, President of UFCW Local 1776. "These negotiations were tough, considering the economic times, but resulted in a deal that's fair to both our members and the taxpayers of the Commonwealth," Young added. Governor Rendell, in a press conference last night, thanked President Young for his innovative suggestions on improving the PLCB, many of which are now being implemented. Young responded by saying, "We look forward to working with Governor Rendell, and PLCB Chairman Jonathan Newman in continuing to make improvements for Pennsylvanians, and protecting our members' jobs." The contract was negotiated on the basis of mutual respect. President Young, Chairman of the UFCW/PLCB Organizing Committee, offered thanks to the Governor, Secretary of Administration Bob Barnett and the head negotiators, Ken Jarin and Brian Petrow, along with the rest of the Commonwealth's negotiating team. He also praised the leaders of the state's other unions, David Fillman of AFSCME and Joan Bruce of PSSU/SEIU. "We worked together for the taxpayers. Let's hope that the legislature works together with us like we worked together," Young said. Governor Rendell agreed, saying, "Public employees didn't cause that $2.5 billion deficit to exist. But ... they are helping with that problem." "One of the keys for us was job security. We're happy that the administration showed their willingness to share our vision for job security, and innovation," said Young. "Some of the most difficult areas were around protecting health and welfare benefits. We feel that we did the best we could, considering the tough economic times," he added. The proposed deal will now go to the UFCW's statewide negotiating committee, and then for a vote by the membership.
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