On Sunday, February 27th, UFCW Local 152 members at Dietz & Watson in Philadelphia, PA gathered at Unity Hall to ratify a great new three-year union contract!
Members at Dietz & Watson bargained a strong package. Very solid across-the-board wage increases and expanded bidding language for certain higher-paid classifications highlighted the deal.
Additionally, Union orientation language was established, so new members can properly learn about UFCW Local 152 and the union difference. Because most new members have never worked union positions before, holding an orientation is important to teach new workers about their collective bargaining agreement, the benefits of their contract, what union representation means, and finally the many benefits and discounts available as a union member.
Weekly medical insurance cost-share for members will remain very affordable. The new contract will also expand bereavement leave. And finally, in an effort to reward longevity and dedication, additional PTO was bargained for members with 20 or more years of service.
Congratulations to our members and the Negotiating Committee, which included Director of Collective Bargaining Dan Ross, Union Representative Matte Kane, Chief Shop Steward Kariem Smith, Shop Stewards Annette Ruiz and Stephen Groves, and Committee Members Stanley Rivers and Donna Johnson. Thank you for your hard work!
UFCW Local 152 represents more than four hundred workers at Dietz & Watson, which famously makes your favorite deli meats, cheeses, hot dogs, sausages, and more. You can find many Dietz & Watson products at your local union retailer.
Below are photos of members at the ratification meeting on February 27.