HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In a meeting held this afternoon
in Harrisburg, Shop Stewards from the Commonwealth's Wine and Spirits Shoppes
unanimously endorsed the tentative contract negotiated with Governor Ed
Following a presentation where the details of the contract were explained,
the Wine and Spirits Shoppes Shop Stewards urged their members to ratify the
contract when it comes to a vote later this week.
"We feel that we did the best we could, considering the terrible economic
times that this Governor has inherited," said Wendell W. Young, III, Chairman
of the State Store Organizing Committee. "It's a lot better than the last
time around. We had to wait more than six years to get a contract agreement,"
In a Union presentation to the members, Chairman Young and John Meyerson,
highlighted the job protection provisions of the contract. "Whenever the
Commonwealth's budget gets this out of whack, newspaper columnists looking for
their advertising dollars turn greedy eyes to the PLCB. The contract will
make sure that they can't influence the Legislature into a ill-considered vote
on privatization of the Wine and Spirits Shoppes," Young said.
"This contract contains significant wage increases, and bonuses that help
our members, while not breaking the back of the Commonwealth's budget," added
Meyerson. "We hope that you will let members in your stores know the good
points of this contract, and urge them to attend the July 13 ratification
meetings," he said.
SOURCE UFCW Local 1776