City Market, employee union reach a one-year collective bargaining agreement

first_imgSource: Onion River Co-op. Burlington, VT—July 14, 2009— Onion River Co-op Board of Directors announced the ratification of a one-year labor contract between the Co-op and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union representing the Co-op’s hourly employees.Through thoughtful and diligent negotiations, the Co-op was able to maintain fully paid single medical coverage for all full-time employees which affect the majority of City Market employees. For part-time employees, 65% of the single medical premium is paid. The Co-op medical benefits exceed those offered by competitors and other area employers according to the 2008 Hickok & Boardman benefits survey. The Co-op also plans to provide a three percent wage increase to employees and profit sharing based on quarterly sales growth.“I would like to acknowledge the fine work by the Co-op staff in continuing to control costs,” said Clem Nilan, Co-op General Manager. “It’s the combination of sales and cost control that provides the wherewithal to maintain health benefits and provide pay increases… when other businesses are seeing layoffs and cuts in benefits.”In addition to healthcare, a wage increase and profit sharing, the Co-op also offers generous paid time off, a six percent match (dollar for dollar) 401 (k) plan after one year of employment, store discounts, and much more.“City Market continues to demonstrate its commitment to the wellbeing of our employees by exercising financial prudence, while at the same time providing access to a comprehensive benefits plan,” said Nilan. “This recent contract renewal reaffirms our commitment to our employees and to the community.”The new Profit Sharing plan proposed by Co-op management will provide employees with a share in enhanced earnings if sales growth exceeds projections. For more information on employment and a detailed list of employment benefits at City Market visit www.CityMarket.coop(link is external).About City Market/Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative grocery store, with over 4000 members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant and healthy community, all in a sustainable manner. Over 60 cents out of every dollar spent at City Market stays in the Vermont economy. Located in beautiful downtown Burlington, City Market provides the area’s largest selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and over 1,700 Vermont-made products. City Market also features over 140 green products from cleaning solutions to canvas shopping bags. Visit City Market/Onion River Co-op online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.last_img read more

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France says it must move fast to fight virus surge

first_imgTopics : “The spread of the epidemic can be exponential if we do not react quickly,” Castex told reporters.Grandparents are being told not to pick up their grandchildren from school as the government is worried about hospitals being overwhelmed.The government is hoping to avoid a new nationwide lockdown, but the country has been facing a resurgence of new COVID-19 infections since July, with an acceleration from mid-August.The health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,429 new daily infections, a new post-lockdown high and a level of new infections not seen since the height of the epidemic in early April.The government is due to unveil details of the post-pandemic rescue plan to haul the 2.3 trillion euro economy out of its deepest slump since World War Two on Sept. 3. French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday the government must move fast to head off a deadly new COVID-19 wave as the virus’s reproduction level has jumped, with infections surging in the Paris region and among young people.France’s COVID-19 reproduction “R” number is now 1.4, Castex told a news briefing, indicating that the overall epidemic is growing.”The virus is spreading all over the country,” he said.last_img read more

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2 dead, 2 injured in North Carolina municipal building shooting

first_img2 people are dead and 2 others have been injured after a shooting at a municipal building in North Carolina.The incident began around 6:40 a.m. Friday at the Joycelyn  V. Johnson Municipal building in Winston- Salem.When authorities arrived at the scene, they reported that they could still hear gun fire coming from inside of the building.Police immediately engaged the gunman identified as 61-year-old Steven DeWayne Haizlip, and fatally injured him in the shootout outside of the building.48-year-old Terry Lee Cobb Jr. who was fatally injured by Haizlip was pronounced dead at the scene. An officer and another employee were also injured by Haizlip and remain in the hospital at this time.Witnesses describe the scene as a workplace dispute between two men who had a longstanding dislike of each other.  They also reported that the suspect and the deceased victim got into an argument on Thursday, just one day before the shooting.Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, including the discovery that Haizlip was armed with two handguns.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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