Photo by Karlyn Williams.

On July 3, Local 400 members working at Peapod ratified a four-year collective bargaining agreement that improves the lives of 213 members working at the Maryland facility. The agreement maintains their health and welfare benefits and retirement security, while increasing their total compensation by an average of $1.65/hour over the life of the contract. In the negotiations, the Local 400 bargaining committee defeated all proposed concessions. Instead they added Joint Labor Management (JLM) language to improve management/member relationships by having an open forum to discuss workplace issues.