Contract Negotiation Updates

On May 4, 2022 City Market began negotiations with our employee Union (UE Local 203) to come to agreement on a new contract. Our current contract which has been in place since the fall of 2019 (retroactive to July 1, 2019) remains in place until June 30 of this year. As discussions progress, we will be updating this page. You can also find information about the process below.

Disclaimer: City Market, ORC has a legal duty to bargain in good faith with UE Local 203, the representative for its collective bargaining unit employees. This duty encompasses many obligations, including a duty not to bypass the union and deal directly with employees represented by UE Local 203. City Market, ORC continues to bargain in good faith with UE Local 203.


What are “contract negotiations”?

The contract negotiation process offers an opportunity for Management and Union teams to collaboratively work toward an agreement that best represents all employees and is in line with Co-op values. Since 2003, all wages and benefits have been mutually agreed upon by both parties. The negotiation process offers an opportunity to revisit these articles on a consistent basis depending on the length of the contract. This process has been in place here at the Co-op for roughly 15 years since we first became unionized in 2003.

What does the contract cover?

Our contract is a mutually agreed upon document that outlines wages and benefits for Union employees along with a wide range of other employee policies. Our current contract includes 47 articles, compensation schedules for each fiscal year covered in the agreement, and four side letters.

Who is responsible for finalizing the contract?

Select members of City Market’s Management team work with members of the Union (selected by their membership) throughout the contract negotiations process. The process culminates in a Memorandum of Agreement that is then ratified by both the Union’s membership and City Market’s Board of Directors.

How many people does City Market, Onion River Co-op employ?

Across our stores, City Market currently employs over 300 people.

How many of those people are members of the union (collective bargaining unit)?

Just under 80% of our staff are part of the collective bargaining unit.

What Union represents City Market employees?

City Market staff are represented by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (Local 203).

How long has City Market, Onion River Co-op been unionized?

City Market has had an employee union since 2003.

When does the current contract expire?

Our current contract is in place until June 30, 2022.

How long is a contract usually in place for?

Typically, our contract is negotiated every 2-3 years, though there have been a handful of one-year contracts since 2003.