Giant, dairy unit still talking Vote on a contract expected tomorrow

Food industry

March 22, 1997|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF

Contract negotiations between Giant Food Inc. and its dairy ** workers appear to be going more smoothly than the last round of union contract talks, which ended in a five-week walkout by truck drivers.

Teamsters Local 246 President James R. Arndt said late yesterday that he expects a new contract to be ready for the 100 dairy workers to vote on tomorrow.

"We are right now making good progress," Arndt said.

A contract with the 18 ice cream workers and 70 dairy workers expired Feb. 22, but the two sides agreed to extend negotiations until today.

"We are still negotiating and working toward a settlement," said Barry Scher, Giant Food's spokesman.

Giant is the largest supermarket chain in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Teamsters Local 639 walked out over the supermarket's desire to hire independent contractors to haul products from its warehouse in Landover to its stores.

The Teamsters won lifetime job security, but made some financial concessions to get it. The company did not have to give up most of its flexibility to hire contractors.

Pub Date: 3/22/97

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