Whole Foods Coop Negotiations Focus on Wage Progressions and Benefits

The WFC Bargaining Committee and management sat down again for another round of negotiations on Wednesday, February 14. Here are the things we discussed:

  • Wage Rates - We are still holding to a wage structure that would immediately give everyone a significant raise and we are proposing extending the wage level caps; management has proposed raises that we believe will not encourage longevity or create sustainable jobs at the Co-op.
  • Produce Pick Up - Management has agreed to include a section about produce pick up in our contract. “The Employer will provide produce pick up, when available, to employees in a designated place under Produce Department procedures.”
  • PTO/UTO - We have agreed that the accrual rates will stay the same. The cap for PTO will be extended to 160 hours and will be handled as follows: “Employees who have accrued between 128 and 160 hours of PTO as of their anniversary date shall be paid out for all accrued unused PTO in excess of 128 hours upon written request.” This allows people to bank their hours and if they choose not to use them they will not lose them, but instead will be paid out in full for them.
  • Holidays - The Bargaining Committee is still holding to our 4 paid holidays. Management is still holding fewer than that but has brought a floating holiday proposal. 

Our next meeting is Tuesday February 27 at 10am. If workers have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the bargaining committee (Rianna, Tina, Brandon, or Solomon).