I see a lot of employees coming on here and bashing their Unions. I really don't understand why any of you are doing this. A&P and their horrible executives are the reason why this company is in bankruptcy ,and also the reason why we are being forced to vote on giving back wages, vacations, sick time, etc. I am a member of Local 342 and I know for a fact that this Union is doing everything in their power to minimize the hits we will take in our contract. Since the company is in bankruptcy, the Unions are being forced by the judge to propose contract changes with compromises. We all know this is a terrible situation, but if we want to continue to keep our jobs and provide for our families, this is a proposal we might have to accept. What is the alternative? A Strike? Sure, we could strike, but if we do, we run the risk of being replaced, or the company totally shutting down. Even if all of us decide to accept the terms of the new proposal, we will still have far more in our contracts than the non-union people that are forced to work with low wages, no healthcare, and no paid time off every single day of their lives. Be thankful for what we still have!
One bluff is that management would pay everyone minimum wage if the contract was cancelled. Another is that there would have to be a strike if the contract was cancelled. Another bluff is that the investors would walk away from this sweetheart deal if the unions did not sell out their members. In my opinion, the reason for unions giving in so quickly is that union leaders feared for their own jobs.
listen we are not blaming the unions but if you think about it they are going to sell the company to some one else and you will be starting all over just ask. the people who work for stop@shop that took over all the grand unions those prople started all over. so think about not giving in.that all burkle has on his mind
Great, accept what we have while our peers at Shop & Shop, Shoprite, King Kullen all have more for the same work, the great rough and tough 342 folds like a cheap tent when the going gets tough !!!! Now thats UNION FIRST, ya right........
I understand your frustration loyalist, but from what I have heard so far, 342 members are going to take the smallest hit out of anybody. It sucks, but it is not the fault of the union members or the union itself. The A&P executives ran this company into the ground and declared bankruptcy. They now have the law and the bankruptcy judge on their side. All the unions can do now is try to minimize the damage. King Kullen, Shoprite, and Stop & Shop are not in bankruptcy, so the comparison really doesn't mesh. I'm not telling you that you can't be mad. You should be. But people who are blaming the unions are wrong here.