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Kunzler Updates

UFCW Local 152 created this page to update our members at Kunzler about the acquisition status and the impact on our members.

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Update: Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

Last week, UFCW Local 152 Executive Vice President Lisa Sanders, Union Representative Greg Torian, and Chief Steward Amy Carns met with Clemens Food Group’s Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources.

Clemens Food Group (CFG) believes the purchase of the Kunzler brand and Lancaster facility has the potential to offer new products to customers and expand the business. CFG will be evaluating the facility’s efficiencies over the next few months.

It was explained in the meeting that Local 152 members at Kunzler have a strong contract that has been negotiated over many years. CFG acknowledged your contract, and negotiations will continue as planned on May 21 and 23.

Your union leadership remains cautiously optimistic and will continue to look out for your best interest as this transition unfolds!

Update: Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

Update 1:

On Tuesday, May 7th, UFCW Local 152 President Daniel Ross, Jr. conducted an interview with LancasterOnline about the acquisition of Kunzler, which was published at 12:30pm.

Part of the article reads:

…Ross said Local 152 had been in several negotiation sessions with Kunzler for a successor contract and there had been no mention of the acquisition. 

Ross said the union immediately followed up with communication to Kunzler asking that it be forwarded to the new owners.  He asked to schedule an introductory meeting and to continue negotiations. 

“Local 152 has valued a partnership with Kunzler & Co. which has developed over the many years of collective bargaining,” Ross said. “Local 152 intends to protect the interests of our hardworking members of the community who’ve provided dedicated service to Kunzler & Co. for many years.”

You can read the full article on the LancasterOnline website.

A photo of the Kunzler building in Lancaster, PA.
A photo of the Kunzler building in Lancaster, PA.

Update #2:

At 2:42 pm, Local 152 leadership and legal counsel received an email from Brian Jackson of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, informing the union that he would still be the lead contract negotiator for Clemens as well as the point of contact.
Contract negotiations dates were previously scheduled for May 21 and 23, 2024. Jackson stated that he would “coordinate with the Clemens team and attempt to reconfirm early next week.”
It is our mission to keep our members informed throughout this process. Stay tuned for additional updates!

Update: Friday, May 3rd, 2024

On Friday, May 3rd, UFCW Local 152 President Daniel Ross, Jr. sent the following letter in response to yesterday’s acquisition letter. You can read the letter in its entirety below.

The letter reads:

“Dear Mr. Kunzler:

We have received the announcement regarding the acquisition of Kunzler and Company by Clemens Food Group which is scheduled to take place on May 6, 2024. As you know, Local 152 values the strong partnership with Kunzler which has developed over the many years of our collective bargaining relationship. We look forward to continuing that partnership with Clemens. To that end, please advise of the appropriate contact at Clemens so that we can schedule an introductory meeting and prepare to continue our negotiations for a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement. It is our desire to work with both Kunzler and Clemens during the transition to protect the interests of Local 152’s members who provide dedicated service to the Company.

Very truly yours,
Daniel Ross, Jr.
President”

Letter to Kunzler - May 3, 2024

Update: Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

On Wednesday, May 1st, UFCW Local 152 received several phone calls from members about an acquisition rumor.

Later that night, the Local received correspondence from Kunzler informing us of the company’s intention to be acquired by Clemens Food Group just five days later, on May 6th, 2024, which you can view below. This was the first time the Local had heard of the acquisition.

The letter reads:

“We would like to inform the union of an acquisition that will take place on May 6.
Clemens Food Group (CFG) will acquire Kunzler & Company (Kunzler).

Clemens Food Group and Kunzler & Company share many similar characteristics.

    • Both companies are long-standing, family-owned with reputations of producing high quality meats for their customers.
    • We are culturally aligned with family, employee, and business values.
    • Our organizations have been working together for a very long time and we have the utmost respect for each other’s approach to business.

Clemens plans to carry on our long-standing, family-owned reputation for producing high quality meats for our customers.”

Kunzler Acquisition Letter - 5/01/2024
Kunzler Acquisition Letter - 5/01/2024

Impact

When acquisitions happen, we understand that the first thing everyone wants to know is, “How will this impact me?”

Rest assured that UFCW Local 152 plans to keep you informed every step of the way.

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