UFCW Local 23 Will Represent Kuhn`s Quality Foods Workers at Beulah Road Location

Mon Feb 9, 2009 10:53am EST

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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

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