Contacts: Lori Willis and Michael Kaemmerer,

Council Spokespersons, (314) 994-4602

October 15, 2003

Food Employers Express Appreciation to Clergy for Efforts

Council employers, Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop `n Save, appreciate the religious community's call for an end to the work stoppage. We share their concerns and would like to see our associates return to work as soon as possible. However, that is not within our power at this time.

Remember that, unlike similar contract disputes across the country, Local 655 called a strike on the heels of a negotiated agreement Union leaders had previously recommended. That recommended agreement, which includes excellent wages and benefits (better than any other retail positions in St. Louis), is still on the table.

Only the Union and its membership have the power to end this work stoppage.

Council employers truly regret the impact this job action is having on associates and customers. We hope that soon we will be able to put these difficult days behind us and move forward together in service to our community.

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