After ten joint negotiating sessions over the course of three months, the parties were able to agree in principle upon the terms of new three year agreements. These negotiations were made unusually difficult by the need to address the added costs imposed on the employers by the Affordable Care Act.
The Agreement in Principle must now be reduced to written Tentative Agreements and signed. This process will take place over the next several weeks. The Tentative Agreements will then be presented to the Heinen’s and Giant Eagle members for their review, consideration, and approval in a secret ballot vote, which is likely to occur after Thanksgiving.