WALKER — Union workers at Meijer Inc. superstores should soon be seeing more money in their paychecks.
The regional retailer’s union employees voted last week to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement that contains wage increases, benefit improvements and flexible contract language, according to a statement.
The Meijer employees, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 951, voted on three separate contracts covering the various aspects of the company’s business, including retail, distribution centers or transportation as well as retail facilities maintenance.
Both starting wages and top wages were increased for union members. Additionally, changes the contract made changes to time off and paid holiday policies, and allowed for easier access to full-time positions and promotions.
“Last year, we surveyed the membership regarding their goals for these negotiations. The contracts we negotiated achieved their goals and were unanimously recommended by the members on the bargaining committees and soundly ratified by the membership,” John Cakmakci, UFCW 951 president and chief union negotiator for the talks, said in a statement. “Not only are all members receiving wage increases, but the length of time it takes them to get to top rate was reduced as we worked to close the gaps in the wage scales. The contract will improve health benefits while reducing the employee contribution for part-time workers.”
A Meijer spokesperson said that the new contract will cover 27,000 of the company’s approximately 70,000 employees.
“The key to our sustained growth is investing in our team and taking care of our customers,” Frank Guglielmi, Meijer’s senior director of communications, said in a statement to MiBiz. “This new agreement, along with our continued focus on winning with our team, will help us do both.”