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    Meijer, UFCW Local Ink Tentative Pact

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Meijer Inc. based here has inked a new four and a half year labor pact with United Food and Commercials Workers Local 951 that covers 27,000 members who work at Meijer facilities throughout Michigan. The previous agreement expired on Sept. 8 and was extended by mutual agreement.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Meijer Inc. based here has inked a new four and a half year labor pact with United Food and Commercials Workers Local 951 that covers 27,000 members who work at Meijer facilities throughout Michigan. The previous agreement expired on Sept. 8 and was extended by mutual agreement.

    Highlights of the new contract include immediate and future wage increases, some on an accelerated basis, for many UFCW 951-represented Meijer members, and the continuation of a defined benefit pension plan for current and future Meijer employees. The agreement also incorporates three different contracts covering members who work in retail, distribution facilities and retail property management services.

    Over the next two weeks, members will have the opportunity to attend informational meetings throughout the state explaining the contract in detail. They will then vote by mail ballot, which will be tabbed on Oct. 12.

    The bargaining committee voted unanimously to recommend that Meijer union members ratify the new contract.

    "We are pleased to have an agreement that provides workplace fairness for our members and that supports Meijer's position as a premier and competitive business," said Marv Russow, president of UFCW 951, which represents 30,000 Michigan members employed by Meijer, Harding's, Plumb's, Polly's, Kroger, Kessel, Rite Aid, Knouse Foods, Fry Krisp and the Orchard Grove Extended Care Center.

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