Your union contract is a legally binding agreement that determines and guarantees all your working conditions and rights in the workplace. “The activism, strength and courage of our members and their willingness to do whatever is necessary for a fair contract means that they receive strong wage increases, quality health care and a secure retirement that their hard work has brought them,” said Mr. Federici. “Our members were struggling to prepare for a long strike and Safeway/Albertson knew exactly what the consequences would be. This changed the game and led to this strong agreement. “It would not have taken six months of bitter negotiations and the prospect of a strike to reach this strong and fair agreement,” Federici said, “but we hung on and we finally won. Our members were David`s members at Safeway Wall Street Goliaths, and they proved that the power of active, unbeatable and unbeatable union members can actually triumph over the cold, hard money of billionaires. The Safeway Agreement will enter into effect retroactively on October 27, 2019 and expire on October 28, 2023. Parallel to the Giant Treaty, ratified today, the main provisions are: OXON HILL, Md., 5 March 2020, a few hours before a strike vote, at 2am.m. On March 5, members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 entered into a collective agreement with Safeway. This agreement was ratified this afternoon by an overwhelming majority. When the contracts expire, the members concerned will be consulted on their priorities and proposals to amend the agreement will be drawn up. Union representatives and committees negotiate with the employer and, finally, a new agreement is put to a vote by members.
The four-year contract provides for wage increases above the minimum wage, sticks to current health care and guarantees – on the most controversial topic of the negotiations – full funding of pension benefits for current workers and retirees. It is one of the only agreements in the United States to guarantee a defined benefit pension plan. “We opposed Wall Street and won,” said Mark P. Federici, president of Local 400. “Some of the most powerful private equity billionaires have learned that they cannot break our solidarity to get even more money out of our pockets. We have stayed together, they have followed, and our members and retirees can always count on the fact that their pension benefits are there for them. “Alongside our members, I would like to thank our colleagues, our Community allies and, in particular, the Safeway customers, who have gone beyond the call to offer their unwavering support. And we are grateful to the four senators from Maryland and Virginia, in Washington, to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and a number of other elected officials have told Safeway that they expect the company to enter into a fair contract with us. “All we`ve ever wanted from Safeway is fair compensation, health care and a pension that gives us a little bit to pay the bills when we retire,” says Michelle Lee, who works at Safeway in Alexandria.