Schnucks, Teamsters reach tentative agreement that could end boycott

A nine-month standoff between Schnuck Markets and the Teamsters could be coming to an end in a few days.

Schnucks said Thursday that it had reached a tentative agreement with Local 688 covering 102 workers at the grocer’s Bridgeton warehouse.

Key provisions of the five-year contract proposal include an early retirement incentive, or buyout, for up to 50 employees; increases in company-paid health care benefit contributions; a new dollar-for-dollar 401(k) match by the company up to 4 percent; and continued company-paid pension fund contributions.

Union members are scheduled to vote Monday on the offer.

Since June, Local 688 has urged area shoppers to boycott Schnucks groceries after the chain terminated 190 union employees from its Bridgeton warehouse. The boycott came after the company hired a nonunion contractor to operate a new Kinloch warehouse.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal

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