All updates on Pathmark/A&P rumors will be posted and archived on this page. The latest update will always be on top.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The end of an era. Read the full update here.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Urgent Update on Breaking News Regarding Best Yet & A&P Bankruptcy Procedures. Read the full update here.
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Urgent Update on Bankruptcy Procedures. Read the entire update here.
Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015
The 12 Local unions and the UFCW International spent the day fighting to keep as many members working as they can, including in the stores being purchased by non union owners. In an effort to try to protect our members jobs, the UFCW agreed to waive our objections to these sales if the non-union employers would hire as many of the employees that work in those stores as possible. Read the full update here.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
A ruling on severance for the remaining stores has still not been officially made by the bankruptcy judge. However, we have the following written confirmation from Chris McGarry, Chief Administrative Officer of A&P. Please read the full update here.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Today was the final day for the public auctions of the remaining A&P stores. Only 15 stores were auctioned today, 14 were purchased and one was adjourned. Three stores represented by Local 1500 were auctioned and purchased today: Pathmark 603 was bought by Foodtown. Pathmark 634 (previously reported as purchased by Bogopa Food Bazaar) was out-bid today and bought by a Real Estate Firm called Lee & Associates. Pathmark 611 was unfortunately purchased by Best Yet Markets. All auctioned stores, including the stores auctioned last week, are scheduled to be reviewed and finalized in bankruptcy court on Friday October 16th. Please read the full update here.
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
AUCTION UPDATES FOR A&P STORES
Over the past two days our Pathmark stores have been offered up for auction to the highest bidder. The results have not been easy for our Union so far. As you can see below only a few additional stores have been purchased over the last two days while many others have been adjourned. These adjournments happened because either no one bid on the store or the bid(s) submitted were less than the minimum price expected for that store. The auction will resume on October 8th and continue thru October 9th.
Next week's auctions will include all of the stores that were adjourned over the last two days as well as all of the stores listed in the KeyFood, Wakefern, Bogopa, PSK, Morton Williams and Federal Realty Group APA's (Asset Purchase Agreements). All of these APA's have different terms and conditions that outline how or if another bidder can overbid for them. All of the stores auctioned off over the last two days and those included in the Acme and Stop & Shop APA's are now final sales.
Local 1500 will continue to meet with all of its employers and any prospective buyers in an effort to have more stores sold.
9-4-15 Correction update - Pathmark 602 was "Bought by Landlord", not adjorned. See refreshed list below
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
UFCW/RWDSU STATEMENT TO MEMBERS ON BEGINNING OF AUCTION FOR A&P STORES
OCTOBER 1, 2015
A multi-day auction to sell A&P stores that have not yet been purchased began this morning.
Representatives from UFCW and RWDSU Local Unions and UFCW International are advocating strongly at this auction for stores to be bought by new owners who will not repeat the mistakes of the past.
We stand ready to partner with responsible companies who understand the tremendous value that your hard work and dedication brings to these stores.
We are making the case to everyone that UFCW and RWDSU members are totally committed to the communities they serve and can be depended upon to give their customers the better grocery store that they’ve been waiting for.
With your talents and with the right management in place, we are confident that these stores can be successful.
If your store is not sold to an entity that will operate as a grocery store and employ you, you and your families should know that we stand ready to help in every way possible.
This week, we will begin hosting resource fairs in New York and New Jersey, and partnering with the Department of Labor in Pennsylvania to help everyone obtain the tools they need to get back on their feet.
We have also launched a website, www.ufcwmemberresources.com, where you can find quick access to information about job fairs, career trainings, job postings, and all other state, federal, and local benefits available to anyone who has been displaced by the A&P bankruptcy.
We are committed to providing you and your families with everything you need to endure this crisis and move forward into better lives.
As always, please feel free to contact your Local Union if you have questions or would like information about additional resources that may be available to you.
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
4:00 PM: New update on extended bid deadline & Wakefern purchases of A&P stores.
9:00 AM Latest update on Bankruptcy Procedures, Store Auctions & Key Food Negotiations. Click here.
Friday, Sept. 17, 2015
Key Food, Stop & Shop negotiations update on acquiring Pathmark stores. Read full update here.
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Today the bankruptcy judge heard our objections to A&P's KERP (corporate bonus plan). A&P had filed to hand out over $5 million in bonuses to corporate employees. In leiu of the objections, A&P presented a proposal for $3.9m in bonuses. Read the full update here.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A&P Bankruptcy Procedure Dates Chart: Keeping you up to date on all A&P news, we have created a chart below of upcoming scheduled bankruptcy court procedures for your records.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Negotiations with Key Food are slowly progressing. Read a full update on Key Food's outrageous demands here.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:47 AM
- Update on Pathmark after yesterday's A&P appearance in Bankruptcy Court. Read the update here.
- Key Food announced they will not be purchasing Pathmark 610. Read the update here and view the updated store status chart.
- Update from UFCW International, and affected UFCW Local Unions after meeting with A&P all day. Read entire update here.
- A&P has begun to issue WARN Notices, what does this mean? For Urgent Information on WARN Notices click here.
Friday, August 7, 2015 4:00 PM
Update from President Both after this week's meetings with A&P, the UFCW International and UFCW Local Unions. Read the update here.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 11 AM
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union President Marc Perrone sent this letter to the Fortress Board of Directors in response to the terms and timelines required for Debtor-In-Possession financing for A&P. Read the entire letter here.
Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:34 PM
For years, you, your co-workers, and your families have personally and financially sacrificed to invest in A&P’s success.
You made these sacrifices for the sake of your families, their co-workers, and the communities you so deeply care about.
In light of all that you have done, we know how angry you are about what the company has done. It is an outrageous failure.
You did everything right, and it’s because of their repeated mismanagement and strategic mistakes that A&P is where it is.
Now, we want you to know, in the interests of selling more stores, A&P is asking for even more sacrifices from you and every co-worker.
Enough is enough!
Among the bogus proposals they have made:
Preventing any new buyers from recognizing our union contracts
Displacing workers with seniority
Trying to limit our right to strike
Turning their backs on our agreed contracts and threatening us in their new proposals
Letting non-union workers come into our stores and do our jobs
Demanding we go quietly while they threaten our jobs and contracts
Manipulating and interrupting how we get our severance pay
Taking away our vacation and entitlement pay
Declaring that we can either roll over and comply with these bogus terms, or we can go to court
Our message to the company is this…
We will not sacrifice more to pay-off a select group of executives and corporate investors. Period.
As we have told the company, our members and their families have already sacrificed.
The truth is what will make your store a financial success are not more sacrifices by you or A&P’s hard-working men and women – you have already done that. What will make them a success is new and responsible management.
If A&P, its executive team, or its investors want to play the blame game, they should all look in the mirror.
We will fight as hard as we can to protect what you have earned and deserve, and will do everything in our power to make A&P honor their responsibilities to every members and their families.
Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 AM
Statement from President Bruce W. Both
All of our brothers and sisters from A&P/Pathmark and related banners are enduring a most difficult situation. Be assured our union is fighting every minute to protect you and keep you informed with the most accurate information. All Local Unions, with the assistance of our International and the input of Bankruptcy Attorneys, will not rest until we help bring a positive resolution to this terrible situation.
Our first concern is to stop the spreading of inaccurate information. As usual, rumors are spreading like wildfires throughout the stores since the filing of the 2nd Bankruptcy. The rumors, as usual, are even more distressing and untrue. Do not empower them. By following this link you’ll find a chart of the present status of each Pathmark store our union represents. Please remember this is only an initial report as of today, and we expect additional bids on the unsold stores and those slated to close (refer to attachment).
14 of our stores have been announced as sold during this first round of ‘bidding’, and two were announced to be closing. We have every reason to believe there will be more stores sold. I must stress though, that due to A&P's second bankruptcy filing, we are again in the hands of the Bankruptcy Court, and the judge could modify our agreement if petitioned to do so by the Company.
Our Union is prepared to answer any of your questions and will continue to keep you informed through our Shop Stewards, visits by our Union Delegates, our website, social networks or your phone calls. Above all, keep the faith and remember we’re fighting every second to protect your future, your jobs and our union.
Thank you and in Solidarity,
Bruce W. Both
UFCW Local 1500
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The following statement is from the 13 UFCW Local Unions representing A&P/Pathmark, the UFCW International, and our Bankruptcy Professionals:
Representatives of the UFCW, UFCW Local Unions, and A&P met today. The Company reviewed the bankruptcy process to date and the sales process. Union representatives strongly emphasized the importance of the Union being fully involved in the sales process, including receiving relevant information and data on the sales process as it goes forward.
Meetings are scheduled between the financial advisers for the Union and the Company. Further discussions between the UFCW, UFCW local unions, and the Company will take place next Wednesday.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Statement from the UFCW International regarding A&P’s Chapter 11 filing, sale of stores as well as the closing of stores
UFCW Statement on A&P Bankruptcy Filing
Montvale, N.J. — The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement today regarding A&P’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
For decades, the dedication and sacrifices of hard-working UFCW members have been instrumental in keeping A&P’s doors open. Every day, they have shown their commitment to their job, their co-workers, the community, and this union family. As difficult as this bankruptcy process is, our message to A&P is a simple one - we expect A&P to do what is right by members and their families.
Our message to any potential buyers of A&P is that our hard-working members are not just employees, they are the heart and soul of these stores. They are committed to their success and determined to make them even stronger. We remain united and look forward to working with any company that will do what is right by our members and their families.
With respect to the 30,000 great men and women who work at A&P and are part of our union family, we understand the uncertainty and concern that this bankruptcy announcement brings. We want our members and their families to know we are here to help in every way we can. We will commit the staff and resources necessary, and we will address every question and concern during this difficult time.
Looking ahead, we fully expect A&P to stay in business during this bankruptcy process and honor its responsibilities to its employees, our members, and their families. The UFCW and UFCW Local Unions will work hard to ensure that the process for selling stores protects our members’ jobs, working conditions, and benefits. We will also hold A&P to its commitments to involve UFCW in the sales process, protect union contracts and these good jobs.
For the sake of the men and women of A&P, now is the time for A&P and any potential buyer to focus on doing what is right for our hard-working members and their families.
Over the next few weeks the leadership of Local 1500 will be meeting with the other affected Local Unions, the International and our bankruptcy professionals to discuss a strategy to best support the membership.
As of today, The A&P Company announced that it will be closing 25 stores. Two of those stores include our Pathmark locations in Baldwin (623) and Centereach (663). Union Representatives were in those stores first thing this morning to help answer questions and address membership concerns.
With the announcement of 120 stores to be sold, Local 1500 will be coordinating with the International Union and the other Locals to ensure that all of our member’s rights under our Collective Bargaining Agreement are enforced.
We will be releasing additional information as we obtain more details in the weeks to come. We will not spread rumors and will only put out facts that we can certify as accurate.
In the meantime, please contact your Union Rep. for any questions you may have.
Friday June 19, 2015
Statement to all members working for A&P from UFCW Local 1500
As leaders of your local unions we are aware that rumors continue to circulate among our members concerning the potential sale of some or all of the A&P stores.
Together we are working diligently to provide you with accurate information as soon as possible and will continue to do so throughout this process which we expect will continue through July.
On Wednesday (June 17) representatives from all UFCW and RWDSU/UFCW local unions met with the professionals who are assisting us. During that meeting we learned:
- The company has received a positive report from the auditors.
- The company is accepting bids for stores, but has sufficient capital to operate the stores.
- No buyer or buyers have been designated.
- A&P will continue business as usual while they gauge the interest of the potential buyers.
- All of our union protections remain in place and the company has acknowledged their obligations under our collective bargaining agreements.
- When a buyer or buyers are identified your union leaders will meet with the new buyer.
This has been a very long difficult road for our members and their families but we have gotten through these trying times by remaining united.
Please be assured that your local unions will continue to remain united and in regular communication with our members.
Please contact your Union Rep. for any questions you may have.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Joint Statement from all UFCW Local Unions with members working for the A&P Company
Statement Issued: Monday, June 15, 2015
From: UFCW International Union, UFCW / UPG Local 100R, UFCW Local 152, RWDSU Local 338, UFCW Local 342, UFCW Local 371, UFCW Local 464-A, RWDSU Local 1034, UFCW Local 1245, UFCW Local 1262, UFCW Local 1500
As the leaders of your Local Unions we would like all UFCW members employed by the A&P Company and all of its banners (including A&P, Pathmark, Waldbaums, SuperFresh, Food Basics, and the Food Emporium) to know that we are well aware of the rumors circulating about the potential sale of the A&P Company in whole or in part.
In order to keep our members as informed as possible, we would like to make you aware of the facts as we know them as of this posting
• We have confirmed that A&P is actively seeking potential buyers for part or all of the company.
• There is interest being shown by several companies regarding a purchase of A&P in whole or in part.
• The A&P Company has not contacted us directly regarding any such potential sale.
• We have not met with any representatives of potential buyers to discuss any such purchase
For the past five years all of our Local Unions have been united, working together to protect and maintain the jobs of over 30,000 UFCW members working under the A&P banner. Please be assured that as we move forward with a potential sale of the company your Local Unions will continue to work together to ensure that the best interests of all of our members are being protected.
Furthermore, should a sale in fact be pending, we will demand a seat at the table with both the A&P Company and any potential buyers to ensure that our members and their jobs are protected.
We will continue to issue updates on this situation as more information becomes available. In the meantime, we urge you to ignore the rumor mill and to trust only information disseminated by the UFCW or your Local Union and its representatives.