A&P, Union in Michigan Accord
aching a definitive labor agreement with a local union in Detroit, A&P here has decided not to shutter 88 Michigan stores previously scheduled to close.
The agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 876 is retroactive from Jan. 8, 1995 through Jan. 10, 1998. It covers stores under the A&P and Farmer Jack banners throughout Michigan.
Terms of the agreement include a 90-cent wage increase over three years, limitation of vendor stocking and a guarantee of 40 hours to full-time employees, according to a statement from the union. The first wage increase will take effect in August.
Furthermore, the agreement allows for the reinstatement of A&P's capital expenditure plan, which calls for 15 new Michigan stores within the next two years.
A&P executives could not be reached for comment.
NGA Joins Paper Recycling Drive
WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The National Grocers Association, Reston, Va., and the American Forest & Paper Association here have teamed up to increase consumer interest in recycling paper grocery bags.
The paper industry is supplying food retailers with brown grocery bags with handles to compete with their plastic counterparts. In addition, paper companies participating in NGA's Grocers Care program will print free artwork on paper bags promoting the use and recycling of paper bags.
The effort is NGA's first project under the Grocers Care program. The campaign will undertake initiatives that benefit communities, such as support for private charities, education, civic and environmental programs and the performing arts, as well as sheltering and feeding the homeless. Throughout the year, NGA and AF&PA will promote projects to increase the recycling of corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard packaging, paper bags and othe paper products.
FIAE Appoints Chief Executive
FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- The Food Industry Association Executives here has retained McConnell Group, a governmental affairs and communications firm here, to manage and represent it.
FIAE said Barbara McConnell, the firm's founder and president, will become FIAE's new president, chief executive officer and spokeswoman.
McConnell has more than 25 years experience as a government relations professional, public policy adviser, trade association executive and business consultant. A former member of the New Jersey legislature and past president and CEO of the New Jersey Food Council, McConnell was appointed New Jersey's first woman secretary of commerce and economic development in 1991.
FIAE is a national organization composed of trade associations representing the food distribution industry.