Schnucks, union leadership reach tentative agreement on new contract

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Representatives for the Schnucks grocery store chain and UFCW Local 655 union leaders have come to a tentative agreement on a new contract proposal and averting a possible strike.

The union’s previous three-year contract with Schnucks ended in May but had been extended on a day-to-day basis during the negotiating process.

The 4,500-member union will vote on the deal Wednesday, October 26 during a gathering at the St. Charles Family Arena.

A spokesperson for Schnucks released the following statement:

“We believe this proposal is a win-win for all of us. Our goal is to continue our tradition of exceptional quality and customer service and at the great prices our customers expect from us.”

The new deal includes pay raises, the implementation of two-week scheduling, no change in pension benefits or Sunday scheduling, and protection of health insurance for employees (as well as spouses and dependents).

The other two large grocery store chains in the area, Shop ‘n Save and Dierbergs, are expected to reach similar agreements with the union next week.

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