After several months of negotiations, On Thursday, December 17th, UFCW Local 152 members at Lassonde Pappas & Co in Bridgeton, New Jersey ratified their new contract!
The membership voted to accept the agreement by a staggering vote of 73-3!
The new three-year agreement included a substantial retro pay provision, yearly wage increases, increased premiums for higher-skilled positions, increased sick days, paid steward days, and enhanced bereavement leave. When it came to healthcare, the Committee was able to maintain ZERO employee cost share for tier-one employees! Members in tier-two received either a substantial reduction in their cost-share or had their current contributions frozen for the life of the agreement. A fabulous win for our members!
In addition to the economic improvements in the new contract, members will now have the ability to elect voluntary supplemental benefits through payroll deduction. Numerous contractual items were also updated for clarity.
Congratulations to our members and the Negotiating Committee! This included Director of Collective Bargaining Daniel Ross, VP/Union Representative Carmine DelVicario, Director of Organizing Chad Brooks, Chief Steward Lance Winchester, Stewards Ronald Wolfe, Walt Allison, Francisco Rivera, and Christopher McDowell, as well as Committee members Carol Kasson, Harry Shields, and Sean McDaniels. Great job everyone!
UFCW Local 152 proudly represents over one hundred members at Lassonde Pappas, a North American leader in beverage manufacturing, according to the company website.