Price Chopper CEO talks about unions
The message below was sent by Neil M. Golub, president and chief executive officer of Golub Corp., owner of Price Chopper, to all employees in his company, discussing his view on unions. He sent the memo in response to a developing organizing campaign taking place in upstate New York. This is an interesting example of communication to your workforce on a topic that doesn’t come up that often.
Communicating the company position
The UFCW is sending teams of organizers into many of our stores in an attempt to disrupt our business and entice you to sign union authorization cards and join their ranks. PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD. That card is a legal document and by signing it you could be giving away some of your rights and appointing the UFCW to represent you.
Due to the fact that several unionized supermarkets have gone out of business (i.e. P&C), the UFCW is desperate for new members. They need dues income to replace what was lost and are hoping to get it from you. You may hear many claims from UFCW representatives that they will get you more money, better benefits and different work rules — whatever they think you want to hear in order to get your signature on a card. The truth is, the union can promise you anything but can guarantee you nothing.
We firmly believe that this union is not in your best interest or the best interest of Price Chopper. We are a family company and have a 78 year history of working out issues together without outside interference, aggravation, or additional cost to you. All we ask is that you look past the union’s sales pitch and get the real facts about unionization.