UFCW Local 23 Will Represent Kuhn`s Quality Foods Workers at Beulah Road Location
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PITTSBURGH--(Business Wire)-- Workers at Kuhn`s Quality Foods at the company`s Beulah Road location (formerly Foodland) will keep their union voice on the job with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 23. Kuhn`s has recognized union workers at the Beulah Road location-making it the first and only of Kuhn`s 8 locations where workers are represented by a union. UFCW Local 23 is the union voice for grocery workers in the Pittsburgh area, working to ensure job security and middle class wages and benefits for over 13,000 workers in the grocery and other industries. Approximately 65 workers at the Beulah Road Foodland who were represented by UFCW Local 23 were laid off on July 29, 2008 when Foodland went out of business. The company was bought by Kuhn`s quality foods, which re-opened the store on August 6th, 2008. By law, when a grocery store closes and a new grocery company hires back a majority of laid off union members, the new company must continue to bargain with the union representing those workers. Initially the company refused to bargain with Local 23. This week, the company agreed to recognize the union and to bargain in good faith. "Kuhn`s did the right thing," said Ron Lenhart, President of UFCW Local 23. "Local 23 has a long relationship with these workers-some of whom have worked at this location for more than 20 years. We are looking forward to continuing that relationship, and to work together with Kuhn`s to bargain a contract that`s good for workers, the company, and our community." "I`ve worked at Beulah Road for 20 years, and I`ve been a member of Local 23 that whole time," said Brad Drago, shop steward. "I`m glad that Kuhn`s respected our union. Especially in this economy, we`ll be depending on our union to make sure grocery jobs are good jobs we can raise our families on." UFCW Local 23 Lance R. Huber Director of Organizing 724-514-3228 Ext. 105 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2009
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