Farmer Jack Employees Make No Concessions
By George Anderson
Even Victoria Collins can not believe that employees of Farmer Jack voted to reject a 10 percent cut in pay and other concessions that would have made it possible for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. to sell the embattled chain.
Ms. Collins, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 876, said in a recorded statement: “It is unfortunate when a small percentage of the members make
a decision, which will impact the livelihoods of thousands, seek other avenues to dispose of Farmer Jack … several of which could cost members their jobs or benefits.”
While no buyer has been formally identified, speculation has been that Spartan Foods may have an interest in acquiring Farmer Jack.
A report in the Detroit Free Press, said that had the agreement been approved, it would not have taken effect until an offer had been made for Farmer Jack.
Moderator’s Comment: What does the “no” vote on wage and benefit concessions by members of Local 876 of the UFCW mean for Farmer Jack and its employees?
George Anderson – Moderator