Wawa, Drivers Remain At Odds

Posted: October 02, 1999

A tentative contract agreement reached late last night averted a strike by Wawa drivers and maintenance workers but the threat is not over.

The convenience-store chain issued a statement last night saying it had reached a contract agreement with Teamsters Locals 463 and 473.

But Local 463 Secretary Treasurer and principal officer Bob Ryder said the negotiating committee rejected the deal because there is still one area of disagreement, overtime.

"There's still one item on the table were not happy with," Ryder said.

The three-year agreement has a no-layoff guarantee for employees with at least one year of seniority, includes a 3 percent wage increase each year and raises the company pension contribution by $30 the first two years and by $50 the third year.

The company statement said the agreement provides time-and-a-half pay for all hours worked between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

But Ryder said the previous overtime agreement, which expired with the last contract Thursday night, provided overtime if a driver worked a Saturday shift into Sunday.

"Wawa believes this proposal is mutually advantageous and will enable both parties to continue to work together in the tradition that has issued for many years," the company said.

Ryder disagreed, saying the membership will be urged to reject the agreement at its ratification vote tomorrow morning.

The drivers bring goods from the company's Delaware County warehouse to its 550 stores.

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