Workers at the Wedge's Co-Op Partners Warehouse overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement guaranteeing wage increases for all employees each year of the contract, improvements in the sick policy, driver premiums and the creation of a new premium position. In ratifying this contract- only their second one since forming their union- members expressed their sense of optimism, knowing that they have a voice at work and security for their family's future.
Articles by Abraham Wangnoo
After three bargaining sessions, a tentative agreement has been reached with CoOp Partners Warehouse.
Highlights of the agreement include: Equalized progressions in scales, Increased top rate of pay, Employees allowed to use up to 3 sick days with no points penalty, New premium position, Increase to driver premium, Shorter progression to top wage, improvements to top of scale wages. Voting will take place on October 28, 2015.
The Union and the Employer met at the offices of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) on September 22, 2015 for our first session of negotiations. The Union and the Employer each presented proposals for changes and clarifications to the contract. The Union's proposals focused on clarifying and making available job descriptions, seniority lists, increasing the size of the work force, increasing retirement benefits, paid sick days, and substantial wage increases.
Negotiations sessions have been scheduled with The Wedge for the Co-Op Partners Warehouse members whose current collective bargaining agreement has been open for negotiations. The first date will be September 22, 2015. Members interested in participating on the negotiating committee should contact Abe Wangnoo.