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Schnucks local union workers agree to new contract, avoid strike

As reported previously by KSDK Newschannel 5, workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 88 have agreed to a new, three-year contract with 87 percent approval, as first noted last Tuesday by Winsight Grocery Business.

A Schnucks company spokesperson told the Illinois Business Journal: “We are pleased that our UFCW Local 88 teammates overwhelmingly approved the tentative collective bargaining agreement and that our ongoing negotiations with the bargaining committee and union leadership led to solutions that support our teammates. The new, three-year term runs through March 29, 2026. UFCW Local 88 represents approximately 1,300 teammates at 68 stores who work in our Meat, Deli and Seafood departments mostly in the St. Louis metro area.”

Union President Dan Telle told Winsight Grocery Business that the company and the union were able to resolve major issues including pay increases and company contributions to the employee health-and-welfare fund.

The local union, which represents roughly 11 percent of Schnucks’ overall workforce, had voted in June to authorize its leadership to call for a strike if an acceptable agreement could not be met.

Schnuck Markets operates a total of 115 stores in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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