UNFI Comments on Teamsters Local 117 Union Situation
AUBURN, Wash., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc., said that it is disappointed that members of Teamsters Local 117 rejected its latest offer. After a bargaining session with the union last week, and after several discussions with the union's leadership leading up to the vote on Friday, January 11, UNFI extended a reasonable, good-faith offer to the Union, and was optimistic a contract would be ratified.
"UNFI will continue to stay focused on executing our mission of meeting the needs of our customers in the Seattle marketplace," commented Sean Griffin, UNFI Group President. "We regret the union's timing of this strike, and that it continues, particularly because of the impact this strike has had on our associates and their families in Auburn."
UNFI has historically had a good working relationship with Teamsters Local 117 for the last 22 years, and its approach at all times in the negotiations has been to work collaboratively to ensure it reaches an agreement that is in the best interest of its associates, its customers and its business.
SOURCE United Natural Foods, Inc.