Unions Swap Objections to Jobs in Sold A&P Stores

by San Antonio Attorney

A&P employees, who are being represented by unions, verbalized the progress they made through persuading purchasers of bankrupt retailer stores retain their employment. Some buyers also agreed to terms that they will have job placements for the displaced employees, for a minimum of 25% of their store’s workforce.

In exchange for the benefit given, the unions reached an agreement to waive objections to sales. This was conducted last week as a way to increase financial resources to pay off A&P’s creditors.

Approved sales of BX&M (Fine Fare) and Fransula Foods (Compare Supermarkets) were sanctioned by the judge after the arrangements were made last Monday, according to UFCW Local 1500.

UFCW Local 1500 represents Pathmark workers in greater New York. At the beginning, unions sought to enforce successor clauses in its contract, which requires stores to be sold to union operators.

C&S’s Best Yet Market and the Asian specialty chain H Mart, are the chains that didn’t have a reorganized hiring agreement. The sale hearings of these companies reached to its final conclusion last Monday.

“It appears that Best Yet may bid on additional stores, which complicates the issue of protecting jobs even further,” said a representative of Local 1500, through a public message to its members last Tuesday.

The union stated that it will be holding another resource fair for the remaining members this coming Friday. Major employers such as Fairway Markets were expected to interview workers. The fair not only provides benefits to workers but it will also reveal information about training programs from official state labor authorities, according to the union officials.

Judge Robert Drain approved the purchase of 53 branches A&P stores including the 16 units to Key Food and 12 to Wakefern Food Corp since last week.

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