July 24, 2014
By Stephanie West
Buffalo, NY – Tops employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers, District Union Local One, have overwhelmingly approved a contract. The agreement covers 13,000 Tops employees in Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.
Tops has agreed to increase funding for the UFCW members' pension fund. There was only a slight increase to health care costs. Hourly wage increases for the next three years were included in the new contract and the UFCW Local One Scholarship Program will also continue during the length of the deal.
“We certainly accomplished our major goals of securing affordable health care for our members in our Local One Health Care Fund, we increased funding to our Local One Pension Fund, and obtained hourly wage increases in each year of the agreement for our hard-working members’ at Tops,” Frank DeRiso, UFCW District Union Local One president, said in a prepared release.
UFCW District Union Local One members work primarily in retail grocery stores and meat processing with growing numbers employed in retail drug stores, agriculture and food processing, hospitals, nursing homes and school transportation.