Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Schnucks Strike Not Imminent, Negotiations Are Ongoing, Employee Union Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Schnucks Strike Not Imminent, Negotiations Are Ongoing, Employee Union Says

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Four days after Schnucks union employees voted to authorize a strike against the grocer, the union said Friday that negotiations are ongoing and a strike isn't imminent.

Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents more than 4,500 checkers, stockers and other Schnucks employees, recommended a week ago that employees reject a contract proposed by Maryland Heights-based Schnuck Markets Inc. and authorize a strike. The union contends the contract proposed by Schnucks offers wage increases that don't keep up with the cost of living and that the contract could cut 133 full-time jobs and threaten health benefits.

In a statement last week, Schnuck Markets Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck said the contract proposal "meets the needs of our teammates while keeping our business competitive against non-union grocers and stores that sell food, which includes some of the world's largest companies. …

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