On Feb. 12, members of UFCW Local 152 who work at Pitman Manor in Pitman, New Jersey, ratified their first union contract by an overwhelming margin. Pitman manor is an assisted living community and is part of United Methodist Homes of New Jersey. The 110 workers joined UFCW Local 152 last August because they were concerned about wages, health benefits, and wanted a voice in the workplace.
The new three-year agreement includes guaranteed wage increases, and excellent health, welfare, life and prepaid legal benefits that resulted in a substantial cost reduction for the new membership. The agreement also includes language that addresses just cause provisions, seniority rights, grievance and arbitration, and enhanced bereavement.