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It’s Business as Usual

Strike authorization does not mean a strike.

Report to work according to your regular schedule.

After only two days of constructive negotiations, we learned that UFCW Local 455 initiated a strike vote. Today, we are aware that the union has obtained strike authorization from members of the Local 455 Bargaining Unit who participated in a union meeting held on January 18.

While we are confused by this course of action, we remain committed to working with the union to bargain a contract that provides good wages, affordable healthcare, and a pension for when you retire. However, we want to be sure you know what the union’s vote means – it does not mean there will be a strike. It means that the union can call one if they so choose after the current contract expires, which is over a month away.  At this point, the union has not called for a work stoppage. We hope they don’t.

No one wins with a strike.

  • Not our associates — who may miss out on paychecks and potentially benefits.
  • Not our customers — who don’t want to get involved in a conflict and may choose to shop at competitors – ironically non-union.
  • Not our store — which could lose business.
  • And not the union — which could drive away its own members with such drastic action.
  • Can the union really expect to get a better contract by striking and harming the company financially? Harming the company hurts all employees and impacts our ability to provide top-of-the-market benefits.  Grocery is a competitive business, and we need to fight for our continued success.

Our goal, as always, is to reach an agreement that provides a solid compensation package of wages and benefits for our associates and is also right for our business.

We will keep you up to date as we have more information to share. We will post our updates on this website, or you may receive them from your store leader.

Thank you for all that you do for our customers, our communities, and each other.