October 13, 2016
UFCW Local 99's bargaining committee remains cautiously optimistic that a fair and equitable contract between Local 99 and the unionized grocery stores can be reached. The current contract is set to expire Oct. 29.
Based on membership polling and answers to questionnaires, many issues have been identified as priorities in these negotiations. The Advisory Committee has met to discuss these issues and is committed to finding ways to address them.
Health care is the most difficult issue on the table before the bargaining parties at this time. The health and welfare fund has seen an increase in costs over the past year that is well above normal health care inflation.
The members of Local 99 have worked tirelessly over the past several years to maintain and control the costs of this fund, and with these increased costs we know additional monies are needed in the health fund to continue to provide the best health care in the industry.
In addition to health care, our members have also prioritized wage increases and closing the gap for workers hired prior to Jan. 1, 2004 and those hired after that date.
This information will be updated after the next Advisory Committee Telephone Town Hall which is scheduled for Monday October 24, 2016.