Members of UFCW Local 1776 who are employed as Giant Eagle Team Members in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia ratified a new contract on July 21 and 22 that improves wages and protects benefits.
The four-year agreement, which was ratified by an overwhelming margin, covers approximately 5,300 current Giant Eagle Team Members working in 35 corporate-owned Giant Eagle supermarket locations in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The new contract includes an increase in pay, maintains health and welfare benefits, and improves retirement programs. In addition, the new contract includes nondiscrimination protections for gender, gender expression, and gender identity, an important protection for LGBTQ+ members.
“Our members turned out to vote 90 percent in favor of this new agreement,” said UFCW Local 1776 President Wendell Young IV. “I want to thank our bargaining committee for all their hard work negotiating a great agreement for our members. This agreement increases wages across the board, strengthens retirement programs, and maintains the excellent health and welfare benefit our members have at zero dollar member contribution.”
“I am very proud of the work our members did on this bargaining committee,” Young added. “We were able to keep the discussion going with the company and through collaboration and open dialogue, we found solutions to important issues. Our members care deeply about the work they do serving their communities and they appreciate the respect the company’s representatives showed them during this process.”
“We very much appreciate the continued collaborative and innovative spirit that the UFCW Local 1776 leadership team and our Team Members on the bargaining committee brought to these negotiations,” said Giant Eagle Executive Vice President Bill Artman. “The ratification of this agreement by the Team Members it positively impacts is both very exciting and gratifying. This agreement demonstrates our appreciation of the exemplary work of our Team Members, particularly over the last 18 months, and it ensures that we continue to provide our communities with the highest quality of products and service.”