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Fairway workers ratify new three-year contract

The Fairway supermarket in Plainview.

The Fairway supermarket in Plainview. Credit: Google

More than 2,400 union supermarket workers at 15 Fairway Market locations in New York have ratified a new three-year contract, union leaders said.

Westbury-based United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 said Friday the contract was ratified on Thursday.

The agreement, which marks the first with Fairway's new CEO Jack Murphy, will increase wages for full-time and part-time employees while maintaining pension and health benefits, union leaders said.

The contract is retroactive to March 30 and will expire April 1, 2018. Fairway workers will receive six raises throughout the term. Full-time employees will get a total $75 raise over the 36 months and part-time employees will get a $1.50 per hour raise over the three years.

The contract will also increase work hours to a minimum of 21 workweek hours for all workers, regardless of class or tenure. Vacations will also be paid prior to taking vacation, as opposed to getting paid the week of vacation, the union said.

"Our team was dedicated from the start to not only protect our contract, but to set a tone for future negotiations," said lead union negotiator Rob Newell.

Last month, more than 8,500 union supermarket workers from Stop & Shop and King Kullen in New York ratified two new three-year contracts. Weekly raises were $60 on the low end and some members got up to $90 depending on where they were on the pay scale.

The union represents more than 22,800 grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties employed by Pathmark, Fairway, Stop & Shop, Gristedes, D'Agostino, Key Food, Shop Rite and King Kullen.


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