UFCW Shop Stewards Endorse Proposed PLCB Contract

Jul 09, 2003, 01:00 ET from UFCW Local 1776

    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