Local grocery workers approve new contract; no strike coming - KMOV.com

Local grocery workers approve new contract; no strike coming

(KMOV) -- There will be no strike among St. Louis area grocery store workers.

Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655, who work at, Schnucks, Dierbergs, and Shop ‘n Save voted on a new contract to cover more than 9,000 workers.

86% approved the three-year contract Tuesday.  The secret ballot vote totalled 2,234 "yes" votes and 360 "no" votes.

The union’s negotiating committee had unanimously recommended ratification.

Local 655 Union President Jim Dougherty told News 4 a few minutes after the final numbers were in Tuesday night, "The companies sought to as best they could, please their employees and I think if you have happy employees, they're going to better serve the customers out there and I think we have some of the best companies and best employees around."

Highlights of the agreement include wage bonuses the first year from $750 for full-time clerks and $325 for part-time clerks.  In the second year they get a 20-cents per hour raise.  In the third year they get a 30-cents per hour raise.

Health care and pension benefits remain.

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