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Local Tops workers get new union contract including health insurance and pay raises

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) District Union Local One, representing 9,000 Tops Markets employees across stores in Auburn, Elbridge, and Skaneateles, confirmed on Thursday that a new contract has been overwhelmingly ratified. The deal, approved after voting on Monday and Tuesday, brings pay raises and reduced health insurance co-payments to workers.

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Under the new agreement, full-time employees are set to receive a $2.50 hourly raise, while part-time workers will see their pay increase by up to $2 an hour. Furthermore, bakery, deli, and prepared foods managers are in line for a $4 hourly pay bump.


Family health insurance plan co-pays are set to decrease from $40 to $20 a week, saving employees $1,040 annually. Co-pays for employee plus spouse plans will drop to $17.50 a week, down from $35, while employee plus children plans will see co-pays reduced from $25 to $12.50 a week. Individual plan co-pays will fall from $20 to $10 a week.

The ratified contract maintains 401(k) contributions for legacy employees, with up to 14% of their wages added to the UFCW Local One plan. However, newly hired part-time employees will now have to wait two years before being eligible for 401(k) contributions.

The agreements between UFCW Local One and Tops Markets are set to increase the supermarket chain’s labor costs by $90 million, as stated by the union. The contracts are scheduled to remain in effect until October 2026.



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