Paul Stuart Stalls Negotiations with the Joint Board

Members of the New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board, Workers United, employed at Paul Stuart have been in negotiations for a new contract since February 27.  Despite our longstanding, peaceful, and cooperative relationship, the company has repeatedly stalled negotiations, abruptly cancelling bargaining sessions on March 6 and March 13.  The contract expires on March 31, 2014.

Here’s the facts:

FACT:
On 2/14/14 the Union presented Health Insurance renewal rates to the Company in advance of our first meeting which was scheduled for 2/27/14.

FACT:
At our first meeting on 2/27/14, the Union Committee presented all of our other proposals including, non-selling Support Staff wages, Ladies Department wages, Men’s Department revised commission rates, sick and personal day rates, Sunday scheduling, detailed reporting of sales and credits by accounting period as well as other issues to be discussed.

FACT:
On 3/4/14 the Company called us to cancel the meeting scheduled for 3/6/14. The Company said that they needed more information regarding the Union Health Plan.

FACT:
On 3/6/14 the Company sent us an information request regarding the Union Health Plan. We forwarded that request to the Amalgamated National Health Fund that same day.

FACT:
On 3/10/14 a response to the information request was sent to the Company’s attorney by the Health Fund.

FACT:
On 3/12/14 at 4:15pm the Company called to cancel the meeting scheduled for 10:00am today (3/13). The Company said they needed more time to review the Union proposals and more information regarding the Union Health Plan. The Company has requested rates for other Health Insurance plans from the Union Health Fund.

In addition, the Union Committee has requested that the meetings be held onsite at the store due to scheduling and customer service concerns. The Company so far has refused to meet at the store. The Company has suggested an additional meeting date of 3/28/14 so that we have an opportunity to complete negotiations prior to the expiration of the Agreement. The Committee is willing to meet twice in one week provided that the Company will be reasonable and flexible regarding the location of the meeting.

Our history with Paul Stuart has been one of cooperation and peaceful labor relations. We are hopeful that we can get past these recent events and get to the actual “give and take” of collective bargaining.


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