Employees at Cody’s bookstore voted unanimously, 41-0, to approve a new union contract earlier this week. The vote comes after almost three months of heated contract negotiations.
According to Amity Armstrong, a employee shop steward and member of the negotiating team, the new contract cuts health care costs in half for employees with families and freezes premium costs for everyone until the two-and-a-half year contract expires. It also guarantees employees’ cost of living raises of up to 2.75 percent.
According to both employees and owner Andy Ross, health care was the major sticking point during negotiations.
“I think everyone is happy with it including Andy, which is nice,” said Armstrong.
Employees are represented by the Service Employees International Union local 790.