ACME Market. Denver PA

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  1. D_wiegand3

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    Hello, I was hoping to get some insight into driving for ACME Market out of Denver PA. I currently drive for Safeway down in Upper Marlboro, MD, and Albertsons has decided to close that distribution center and move it in with ACME Market’s distribution center. I’m familiar that their driving positions are union (local 500), I’m currently local 639. I was wondering if anyone knows someone who works there as a driver that could give some insight into the job, and answer questions I have.

    I saw elsewhere on here that a member seemed knowledgeable about the place and it’s workings, but I can’t message that person directly. “Sho nuff” was the member. Anyone else though that could help would be appreciated too.

    thanks in advance!!
     
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  3. Sho Nuff

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    This thread is a couple years old...but it basically explains how ACME works.....

    Safeway company drivers

    I would imagine that you would have to relocate to Denver PA...because that would be one hell of a commute from Upper Marlboro MD. When ACME closed their operation in Philly years ago and moved all operations to Denver...a lot of people relocated there too. The building is shared with SuperValu. @Pintlehook is knowledgeable about that place too...but he isn't an active member anymore.

    I would imagine since you work for Albertsons already...both union locals will probably work something out. If you relocate to Denver...you'll most likely start off on the bottom of the seniority list at local 500. Cost of living is ridiculously cheap around that area. If you don't mind living in the boonies and sharing the roads with the Amish, it'll be a big change in scenery.
     
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  4. D_wiegand3

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    Well Albertsons butchered our (Safeway) contract in 2016 when they took over. I, however, didn’t start until 2017. They threatened to close that DC in 2016, but were convinced to stay, when employees gave up $2 an hour, started paying for health insurance, pension contribution shrank, lost holidays, etc. That was supposed to prolong the contract until May 2022, well here it is 2020 and they’ve declared they are closing. One thing I immediately noticed was a significantly higher starting pay of 22.34/hr vs Safeway’s 18.45/hr. As for merging I’m sure they will “dove tail” out union in with there’s so that we don’t lose whatever bit of seniority we have earned. I would have to relocate, as I’m an hour and a half south of Upper Marlboro as it is lol. That’s why I’m trying to get insight into ACME’s operation, because this bombshell was dropped on us last Tuesday and there hasn’t been any sort of information. Our unions are having meetings to try to come to some sort of agreement on many aspects, but I don’t think they’ll keep jobs here regardless.

    Does ACME still do trip rate? We’ve never had that as far as I’m aware of. I worked many 60-70 hour weeks to earn 79k last year. I’d be in love if they still did that trip rate pay I’ve read about lol

    What is their progression? Safeway was 25.45/hr after 4 years.
     
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  5. Sho Nuff

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    Yes they are still on trip rate. The only people that are hourly are the yard jockeys and the fuel tank driver. The fuel driver does nothing but fill up all the reefers and tractors. Pay progression is about the same...4 maybe 5 years. You also get a $4 an hour severance pay after 3 years of service...so that's like free money added onto to your hourly rate.
     
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  6. D_wiegand3

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    Wow!! I won’t mind relocating up there for that then lol. We fueled our own trucks and reefers. Apparently years ago that used the be the mechanic shop’s responsibility, but did away with that to cut costs. We don’t get any severance pay, that’s something the union are trying to get for those that can’t relocate.

    Crazy how different it is, especially considering how high our cost of living is vs up there in PA
     
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  7. Sho Nuff

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    We'll...you are talking about Central PA lol. There's nothing really out there except maybe cows and the Amish. It's country living that's for sure. Property taxes are VERY CHEAP. You can get a 2 acre land with your own private driveway, garage and pond for around $150k + with taxes less than $1k per year if you look around. Townhouses are around $40k, property tax almost nil.
     
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    You will like the Amish in time.

    If you know anything at all about Food, you can start along US 30 towards Lancaster and work your way through. They FEED YOU.

    However there are two distinct Amish. One is rejecting of ALL technology we use today. The other is ... less rejecting but both consider the camera a way of stealing their souls in the eyes. (Ugh...) Its not so bad. Just rather peaceful. And the food...

    Black is normal way of life. Grey is courting. So there is that. You think them foals and fillies court so much. But eh... its all good. Those Yankees can learn a little life lesson from that. HA... //semi-tease...

    We think several generations back one of my grandparents failed rumspringa as a teen and got out of there to raise a family. And so it goes. We are working to uncover it but its a journey. A small part. And probably one of the reasons I love to be in that area.

    However I do not like the expenses of being in PA generally. The blessed Commonweath in Harrisburg must have had some rocks in the water they are trying to drink. Closing the state every time there is a dab of snow. Silly. If a big rig got spun, get the shires out and hitch em. It will get the rig out soon enough.
     
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  9. Sho Nuff

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    Yep...many of the Amish around Lancaster/Denver use today's technology. Most of the businesses, housing are owned by Amish. If you're looking to buy a house, rent or lease around that area... it's probably owned by the Amish.
     
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    Someone said SuperValu moved out about 6 months ago.I had buddies work there and they left to go to wegmans in Pottsville.My one buddy lasted 3 weeks and went back to tanker.From what I was told it’s not a bad place to work.
     
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