Fry’s ratifies contract with Arizona chapter of labor union

Posted at 8:54 AM, Feb 05, 2021

PHOENIX — Fry’s Food Stores and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99 reached an agreement on a new labor contract that will impact employees working at 123 Fry’s stores in Arizona, the company announced this week.

The newly ratified three-year agreement covers more than 19,500 Fry’s workers throughout the state.

Jim McLaughlin, the president of UFCW Local 99, told the Business Journal he’s proud that the contract is keeping health care costs low for his members, that the members pension is staying in place and that there will be wage increases. Some members will be able to get raises as much as $3,000, McLaughlin said.

The Covid-19 pandemic complicated the negotiation process this year, McLaughlin said. Not only were there discussions on PPE and safety measures, but also all the negotiations were done over Zoom calls or emails.

Read the full article at Phoenix Business Journal.