November 4, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL UFCW LOCAL 99 GROCERY STORE MEMBERS!

Our members at Fry's, Safeway and Smith's have spoken by voting overwhelmingly to ratify their great new contract!

The members cast their votes over three days at nearly 31 union meetings conducted all over the state, from Page to Nogales, Lake Havasu to Show Low and at cities and towns in between.

The four-year contract includes wage increases and health and welfare contributions that should strengthen our health fund. It improves workplace protections and also reduces the gap between veterans and new hires, creating a more level playing field.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with your union and voting to ratify this excellent agreement

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.

August 26, 2016

Last week, Local 99 sent letters to both Fry's/Smith's and Safeway/Albertsons opening the contract. This is a first step in beginning negotiations.

This week, President McLaughlin received letters from both Safeway/Albertsons and Fry's/Smith's advising the Union that the employers intend to communicate with each other and otherwise engage in coordinated bargaining together.

Over the next few weeks, the parties will work together to identify dates to meet.

Your Local 99 bargaining committee is committed to a process that delivers a fair and equitable contract that provides for all of our members and their families.

Please continue to check back as information will be updated.