ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - Schnucks employees have rejected a proposed contract by a wide margin. There were 250 votes for and 1,934 against the contract. Union leaders said the membership did like 2 or 3 items in the proposed contract, but there were 15 items members did not like. As the official said, it all came down to economic advancement.
By rejecting the contract, a strike authorization was given by the membership. But union leaders say they will go back to the bargaining table and try to work out a better deal.
Before tonight's vote on a new contract local Schnucks employees and union members filed into the Family Arena in St. Charles to learn about, and then vote, on a contract that had been proposed.
Schnucks employees had two voting options, they could either accept the contract and return to work, or reject the contract and authorize a strike. A two-thirds vote is required to authorize that strike.
Leaders in the union have already recommended employees reject the contract. While many had not seen the details of the contract, in a letter to employees, the main issues the union was facing were benefits and wages.
There was an extensive period for employees to learn about what's in the proposed contract and ask any questions before voting actually begins.
If the employees reject the contract and authorize a strike, it won't happen immediately. Union leaders, in their recommendation to vote for a strike, say that would show how serious they are about accepting reasonable terms.
We'll be meeting with 655 leadership for what we expect to be productive and meaningful discussions, just as we have had with numerous union leaders over the years.
Our goal remains the same – to deliver a solution that works for our teammates. It is important that we do this while keeping our business positioned to compete against the more than 580+ non-union supermarkets and stores that sell food throughout our metro area.
As we’ve said before, taking care of our people and delivering the kind of shopping experience our customers want and deserve is what’s most important. Success in those two areas is what made Schnucks the choice for our customers for more than 75 years, and it is how we will succeed going forward.