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Giant Eagle Workers Ratify New 3-year Contract
Updated On: Aug 13, 2018
Giant Eagle Union Members Overwhelmingly Approve New Three Year Contract Agreement
Collaborative effort between Giant Eagle and United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776 Keystone State results in improved opportunities for current and future Team Members
PITTSBURGH - On August 8 and 9, Pittsburgh area Giant Eagle Team Members represented by United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776 Keystone State overwhelmingly approved a new three year contract that improves wages and benefits for thousands of Giant Eagle Team Members who serve Pittsburgh area customers.
Features of the new contract include:
Increase to $10.00/hr starting rate, going up to $11.00 in two years
Substantial wage increases for current and future Team Members in each year of the contract
Team Members to continue receiving medical coverage without any weekly payroll contributions
Improvements in eye, dental, life, disability and 401K benefits
Contract changes to encourage advancement and enhance Team Members’ ability to have careers at Giant Eagle
Company commitment to create more than 60 full-time jobs
Improved coverage during busiest periods to better meet customer needs.
The approved contract covers approximately 5,500 current Team Members working in 35 corporate-owned Giant Eagle supermarket locations in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Negotiations between Giant Eagle and Local 1776 KS began in May and concluded with a deal in mid-July.
“I am proud of the hard work and commitment of our bargaining committee. Through months of negotiations, our committee remained steadfast and ensured all key issues were addressed,” said UFCW Local 1776 KS president, Wendell Young IV. “Contract negotiations can be tough but both sides here were able to reach across the table and shake hands on a fair contract that, for our members, ensures strong wages and great benefits, while working with the company to provide the best customer service possible. This is a very good result for our members, customers and the company.”
Western Division Director, Tony Helfer spoke highly of the agreement, “We are pleased with this contract and the overall energy from both sides of the table. We have reached an agreement that will greatly benefit all current and future Giant Eagle members. This is a solid contract and the members have spoken volumes with their votes.”
“We have greatly appreciated the collaborative spirit that the Local 1776 Keystone State leadership team brought to the bargaining table,” said Dan Shapira, Giant Eagle Special Counsel. “The ratification of the agreement by the Team Members it directly impacts is both exciting and gratifying, and it helps ensure that our customers receive the highest quality service.”
Giant Eagle is a Pittsburgh-based food, fuel and pharmacy retailer with more than 400 locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland. UFCW Local 1776 KS represents over 30,000 members, including supermarket workers across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York.