Penn Traffic Employees OK New Agreement

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 23 members employed at the Penn Traffic-owned BiLo banner ratified a new three-year agreement by a four-to-one margin last week.

"The company is pleased to have reached a three-year agreement with Local 23 that includes fair and reasonable wages, benefits, and work rules," said Daniel J. Mahoney, s.v.p., general counsel of the Penn Traffic Co.

The new agreement boosts full-time employee wages by $1.20 an hour, while part-time worker will get a 90-cent-an hour to a $1.70-an-hour increase.

Employee health benefits will remain intact, and future increases will be borne by Penn Traffic up to 15 percent annually. Contributions to the Legal and Scholarship Fund were raised, and most workers will receive another paid personal day and three paid sick days annually.

Syracuse, N.Y.-based Penn Traffic operates 11 corporate stores and several independents under the BiLo and Quality banners in western and central Pennsylvania.

The UFCW represents over 1.3 million workers, mostly in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries.
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