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Members at Pak ’N Save Ratify Contract

UFCW 8-Golden State members working at Pak ’N Save Foods voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract on June 4.

The contract includes retroactive wage increases, no health care premiums for active employees — almost unheard of in today’s supermarket industry outside of UFCW 8 — and improvements to medical benefits with a shorter qualifying period for new hires.

The three-year agreement also includes a 28-hour weekly guarantee for those with more than 15 years at Pak ’N Save, additional benefit extensions to maintain full health care while out on a medical leave of absence, and the revival of the Individual Account Plan (IAP), a supplemental pension plan.

The initial wage increase for journeypersons is retroactive to July 19, 2020.

“This is a big win for our members at Pak ’N Save,” UFCW 8 President Jacques Loveall said following the ratification vote. “Their patience and dedication helped us reach a settlement during this difficult time.”

“Our commitment to the members’ safety has been paramount during these negotiations,” he continued.

“As part of the Union family, our members have a voice and a vote in their working conditions and their future. Together, we will continue to prove Solidarity Works!”