Bruno’s Supermarkets has agreed to a proposal by the UFCW union to temporarily delay a hearing concerning the contract between the two sides, the union has claimed.
Bruno’s filed a motion with a US bankruptcy court earlier this month asking for clearance from parts of its union contract, as the company pursues a restructuring that could include the sale of some stores.
The retailer filed the motion asking for clearance to reject collective bargaining agreements with the union.
Bruno’s warned that provisions that force a buyer to keep the contracts in place could torpedo sales efforts and ultimately force the chain to liquidate.
The agreement, which sees the hearing postponed for seven days, will enable UFCW representatives to meet with purchaser representatives considering buying some or all of the company’s stores.
“This is an important first step toward keeping good jobs in Alabama and Florida, and we are eager to meet with representatives of Bruno’s and purchaser representatives to discuss how the union can forge a constructive partnership with any prospective buyer,” said Elaise Fox, president of Local 1657.