Last updated on August 17th, 2015 at 03:36 pm
After a negotiation impasse with union groups representing workers, A&P has asked a bankruptcy court judge to set aside two major union provisions. The company, which has filed for Chapter 11, wants to eliminate bumping rights and adjust or cut the amount and timing of severance pay in order to attract future buyers of its stores.
The request comes after A&P and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union were unable to reach a compromise on modifications to its contract.
A&P has argued that bumping rights, which allow senior members to take jobs from less experienced workers in the event of store closures, will complicate future store sales.
Several local chapters of the UFCW are circulating a petition urging Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, New York, to uphold the union contracts. The petition notes that the unions made concessions worth $625 million since the last time A&P filed for bankruptcy in 2010.