The bargaining parties first dates to meet and exchange proposed changes is December 7 & 8. We know how important these negotiations are to you, and they should be, because you have carried the customer and profited Smith’s through these tough times.
Essential workers are still making it happen and every customer knows this too. Please know your Union is prepared and your Negotiating committee made up of Smith’s employees is in place. We had requested to kick things off on November 29, 2021 a full 60 days prior to expiration, but they were not willing to meet. We asked Smith’s to bring their first proposal to these meetings so both sides can present and receive the desired changes. This is very reasonable and easy to do in a short amount of time with retail one day and meat the next. They indicated they would consider that.