You did it! Through tremendous union solidarity and by staying informed and together, UFCW Local 23 members mobilized like never before to inspire customers to support Giant Eagle, a local supermarket company, and to stand with its workers.
Now Giant Eagle workers have a new contract that covers approximately 5,800 employees at 36 Giant Eagle Stores in Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia and will be in effect until June 28th 2014. Among other improvements, the contract includes:
- Substantial hourly wage increases over the four-year contract;
- Higher pay rates and vacation benefits for newly hired workers;
- Increased quality and access to affordable health benefits; and
- Strengthening of retirement security for all workers.
“UFCW Local 23 members were facing a number of issues in these negotiations but our membership came together. The new contract is a testament to our solidarity and union spirit,” said Tony Helfer, UFCW Local 23 President.
With a number of Giant Eagle franchise stores in the area where workers are not afforded the same rights and benefits as the UFCW Local 23 members, workers plan to take the energy and momentum from this bargaining process to work toward raising standards across the company.