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Tops workers approve three-year contract

Unionized workers at Tops Markets approved a new three-year contract, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local One said Friday.

The agreement covers 13,000 employees represented by the UFCW in upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The vote tally was 771 in favor and 148 against. Workers cast ballots on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Full-time workers will receive an hourly wage increase of $1.20 over the three years. Part-time workers’ wages will go up 90 cents over that span. About 70 percent of the workers covered by the contract are part-time, said Greg Gorea, a UFCW representative.

The company also agreed to increase funding of the members’ pension fund obligations, and members will receive union health care benefits “at very reasonable co-payments,” UFCW Local One said.

Tops president and chief executive officer Frank Curci said the company was “pleased to provide good wages and benefits for our associates” represented by UFCW Local One. “This is the first labor agreement under Tops’ new, local ownership group and we continue to have a strong, productive relationship with our union partner.”

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