Dear Albertsons/Safeway Members:
The Safeway Corporation and Cerebus/Albertsons L.L.C. have announced a merger that is expected to get final approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) later this month. As a result, Cerebus/ Albertsons is required by the FTC to divest or sell five Albertsons stores and two Safeway stores for a total of seven stores in UFCW 367's jurisdiction.
Seven stores are to be sold to Haggen, a homegrown union grocer. UFCW Locals 367, 21, 1439, and Teamsters 38 met with Haggen and have secured a formal written agreement with Haggen to accept our union contracts in total.
These stores are:
Store 2949, Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor
Store 551, 15805 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma,
415AS, 3520 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia
465AS, 8611 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma
472AS, 2800 Milton Way, Milton
468AS, 11012 Canyon Rd East, Puyallup
498AS, 111 S 38th Street, Tacoma
This agreement means we will continue on the same Medical and Pension Plans. Your Albertsons/Safeway seniority date will be your seniority date with Haggen, and you will not have to serve a new probationary period. This also means that your wage rate, Sunday pay, holiday pay and holiday entitlement, and vacation and sick leave banks will not change. Ifyou are currently in the progression stages, all accumulated hours will move with you and your next increase will not be delayed as a result of this change. You will also maintain your seniority for claiming schedules and all other contractual provisions.
Unlike other store purchases in other parts of the country or even purchases in the past locally where the new company was non-union or a new contract had to be negotiated with a new company, our agreement with Haggen has the security of the union contract we fought so hard for and won in 2013 - all of it.
At some point in the next several months, your store will change to the Haggen banner. At that point, you will become a Haggen employee.
We are excited to see Haggen grow and are looking forward to working with them - and you -to assure our members have a successful future.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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