After today’s marathon negotiation session, a tentative agreement has been reached for the new Southern Wine and Spirits contract. This contract will be in effect retroactive to April 1, 2014 and go through March 31, 2018. Negotiations were tough but fair but ended amicably, beginning a new culture of trust and respect among employer and employees.
The union expressed that they want a strong partnership with Southern Wine, to which Southern Wine agreed. The union explained that the culture at Southern Wine needs to change and become mutually beneficial for both the membership and the employer, and is committed to do their part to make that a reality.
“We want to work as partners with the company,” said John T. Coli, Trustee of Local 710. “We got what we wanted – to go back to the membership and tell them that we’ve been treated fairly and with respect, and we’re prepared to change the culture here together to be a real partnership.”
The following key points have been agreed upon:
- Twenty minutes allocated for pre-trip procedure with causes for delays to be documented and tracked in detail
- Allowed 90 days for those unable to get a DOT medical card to work as a helper while they work to improve their health
- $0.50/hour wage increases for each of the four year contract, with an additional $0.25/hour wage increase for downstate members for the final three years of the contract
- Retroactive pay to be received on a separate check
- Four-year contract length
- Productivity-based incentive program as proposed by the company
The new contract language has been finalized and will be available to the membership tomorrow morning to be reviewed over the weekend. A ratification vote is scheduled for Tuesday morning beginning at 6:00 a.m. at all locations. Any questions may be directed to any member of the bargaining committee or Business Agent Bernie Sherlock at (773) 254-3200.