WHEN YOKE’S PURCHASED TRADING COMPANY STORES, IT LEFT OUT ONE IMPORTANT DETAIL – THE EMPLOYEES!
In July 2016, over 250 retail grocery and meat employees at Trading Company stores were informed that the company had been sold to Yoke’s Fresh Markets and that their jobs would be eliminated as of September 10, 2016. These form letters stated that the employees’ loyalty was “deeply appreciated” and that “the company’s foremost concern is to help our workers find other employment.”
Unfortunately, this was not true. Yoke’s Fresh Markets and Trading Company Stores executed a purchase agreement that explicitly stated that Yoke’s was not committed, required or obligated to hire any of Trading Company’s employees. All former Trading Company employees could apply for their own jobs just like anyone else off the street.
If they were lucky enough to be rehired for their own jobs, Yoke’s also refused to honor the hard-earned wages and benefits of the employees that were covered by a collective bargaining agreement. This meant that those employees lost the healthcare benefits, the pension retirement benefits and the job security that they and their families relied on.
Ask yourself: Do these seem like the actions of a caring local business?
We here at UFCW Local 1439 believe that good jobs that offer generous benefits and a living wage create great communities. Please join us in supporting good jobs in Spokane!
DO NOT SHOP YOKE’S!
Please shop at these responsible grocery retailers in the Spokane and Tri-Cities area:
WinCo (Kennewick Meat Department)
Kennewick Red Apple
*Only the meat departments are Union at the Albertsons at 32nd and Pines and the Albertsons at Indian Trail
DO NOT SHOP YOKE'S! HERE'S WHY:
In November of 2015 a number of Haggens stores were sold at auction due to the company declaring bankruptcy, including the store in Liberty Lake, at which Local 1439 represented employees. Yoke’s Fresh Markets were the winning bidder on the store, and UFCW Local 1439 reached out to Yoke’s in early December asking them to meet with us to discuss honoring the collective bargaining agreement already in place for employees at the location. Yoke’s has indicated that they have no interest in maintaining the great benefits that the retail grocery employees in Liberty Lake worked so hard to obtain, including their health and welfare benefits, their retirement pension plan, and their vacation and sick leave benefits.
When Haggens took over the store in Liberty Lake from Safeway in early 2015, they did the noble thing by recognizing the collective bargaining agreement already in place, and we requested that Yoke’s do the same decent thing in order for the employees in Liberty Lake to continue to enjoy their hard-earned wages and benefits. We were disappointed that Yoke’s would choose to replace these well compensated positions in Liberty Lake.
We here at UFCW Local 1439 believe that good jobs that offer generous benefits and a living wage create great communities. Please join us in supporting good jobs in Spokane! DO NOT SHOP YOKE’S!