Grocery store chain Schnucks to cut 190 union jobs

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Monday, April 11 2016 Apr 11, 2016 Monday, April 11, 2016 8:42:00 AM CDT April 11, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

MARYLAND HEIGHTS (AP) — Regional grocery store chain Schnuck Markets plans to lay off 190 union-backed warehouse workers when its new suburban St. Louis distribution center opens.

Mike Goebel is secretary and treasurer of Teamsters Local 688. He tells St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Schnuck chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck told the union April 4 of the planned changes.

He says the 190 workers receive benefits and are paid between $14 and $22 an hour, and that their replacements will earn $10 to $11 an hour without benefits.

Goebel says Local 688 has filed a grievance.

Maryland Heights-based Schnuck Markets says in a prepared statement the new 915,000 square-foot distribution center opening in July in Kinloch is more efficient and will be run by a third-party logistics company.

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