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 Rendell's Administration. 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," Young continued. 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