August 12, 2015
Message to UFCW Members
A&P has filed a motion seeking emergency, interim relief to modify its collective bargaining agreements with the UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU Local Unions under Section 1113(e) of the Bankruptcy Code.
A&P has asked that the hearing on the motion be heard before the Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, New York, on Monday, August 17, at 10 a.m.
While bankruptcy law favors companies like A&P, we are going to fight hard in negotiations and in court to protect our members and our contracts.
Your Local Union will be filing strong objections to this motion and opposing it in court because we find it to be totally unfair. You are the heart and soul of this company and have sacrificed more than enough already.
Some of the modifications to our contracts that A&P is seeking include:
· Termination of all bumping provisions.
· Severance to workers in stores that are closing will be paid up front, but will not exceed 25% of what is due according to your contract.
Unfortunately, if the court rules in favor of the company and grants this motion, the modifications to our contracts that the company is seeking would go into effect immediately. Unless there are unusual circumstances, which we do not expect, the order by the judge cannot be appealed.
We understand the stress and concern that this terrible news will bring to you and all of our members.
We will fight tirelessly to make it very clear to A&P and the bankruptcy judge that A&P should honor its responsibilities to you and your families.
FAQ sheets describing in more detail the 1113(e) bankruptcy process will be distributed to members later today.
If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative. We are here to help you in every way possible.