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Tue Sep 27, 2016, 07:26 AM

UFCW Local 655 members overwhelmingly reject Schnucks proposal, approve strike

Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655, in a secret ballot vote this evening at the St. Charles Family Arena, overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract from Schnuck Markets and authorized only the second strike in the unionís history against a food chain. The vote was 250 to accept the contract and 1,934 to reject and strike (89%), Local 655 President David Cook announced. Two-thirds was necessary to strike.

The recommendation from the unionís leadership and its rank-and-file Bargaining Committee was to reject the offer and authorize a strike. It is the first time that UFCW Local 655 has unanimously recommended rejecting a contract proposal from Schnucks Markets.

The unionís current three-year contract expired May 8 but has been extended on a day-to-day basis while negotiations continued.

The union will urge Schnucks to come back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair and reasonable contract to avoid a strike.


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