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RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 09.20.2018

 

What you need to know and look out for

 

TL;DR:

 

  • There is little movement on Rite Aid’s threat to implement the contract
  • We’re trying to bring them back to the table with a fair offer that protects our priorities
  • Until then, we’ll keep up our boycott and actions
  • Go to BoycottRiteAid.com and Facebook.com/RiteAidBoycott and support the plan
  • What we’re doing is working – keep it up!

 

What’s happening with Rite Aid management?

 

Currently, there is little movement on Rite Aid’s threats to implement their contract offer.

 

That is no reason to relax our efforts though, as the delay is likely due to internal chaos and the lack of preparedness of management to carry out this threat.

 

For instance, it is our understanding Rite Aid does not have deals in place to transfer our health plans, and they cannot implement until those deals are concrete.

 

Rite Aid management also continues to be attacked by shareholders unhappy with the company’s executive leadership. An upcoming shareholder meeting on October 30th could potentially result in a whole new executive team and leadership for the company.

 

What are we doing?

 

All the southern California locals continue to hold boycott actions in front to selected stores.

 

That, combined with our online organizing campaign (boycottRiteAid.com and facebook.com/riteaidboycott), is galvanizing consumers to our side. We have nearly 3,000 signatures on our boycott petition already, and have turned away many more consumers in front of stores.

 

We want a negotiated contract, but we won’t stand for Rite Aid’s takeaways and elimination of our say in our workplace.

 

What is our plan?

 

We continue to try and reach a negotiated solutions. We feel we’ve offered a deal that benefits both sides on health care, pay, hours, and other benefits.

 

We hope that Rite Aid’s leadership can get past their troubles and realize we’re all better off with a fair offer instead of a boycott or strike.

 

We will continue to update you about upcoming negotiations or developments.

 

Until then, keep it up! We’ve got them on their heels. Keep pushing and stick together.

 


URGENT RITE AID UPDATE: Read the real reason behind the "implementation" letter from Rite Aid 

You probably saw the letter from Rite Aid HR threatening to “implement” their contract offer on their workers because “UFCW” won’t agree to their demands.

 

A few things to keep in mind about this:

 

UFCW = YOU. Everytime Rite Aid says “UFCW” they really mean “Rite Aid workers.” You are your union. They are doing this because they don’t want to bargain in good faith with you.

 

This is the action of a disoriented and desperate company. After failing with the merger, under sustained attack by their investors, and suffering from our successful boycott, Rite Aid is desperate.

 

This isn’t a plan – it’s a threat. Notice the language “taking steps”. They are trying to intimidate and scare you into something. Don’t be fooled. This won’t happen overnight, if it happens at all.

 

For instance, they promise a Kaiser plan in their offer. There is no deal with Kaiser, and until there is they can’t implement the offer. That’s just one of many things they forgot about with this crazy strategy.

 

Now, back to their letter.

 

What does “implementation” mean?

 

Implementation is a way for Rite Aid to force their contract changes on you without negotiating them.

 

When a corporation in negotiations can’t get what they want, they can declare an “impasse” and then “implement” the last offer they made to the union.

 

It’s a long process and subject to a lot of legal roadblocks, and our union is prepared to deal with this. We have (and have had) a plan for this.

 

It is a strategy used by bullies and dictators who can’t get everything they want. For Rite Aid in these negotiations, it is almost an admission of defeat.

 

It can’t stop us from boycotting or striking, though.

 

Why this means what we’re doing is working

 

The boycott, the unity of workers in the stores, the standing up to Rite Aid’s insulting offers – this is all working.

 

They know they overreached on the health care plan. They know they won’t get a concession from us on it. So instead of trying to find a compromise, they are going to try and force it on us.

 

But that only works if we let them do it. By standing strong and not flinching or panicking we can force them to back down.

 

What you can do

 

First, don’t let them intimidate or scare you. That’s their goal.

 

Second, keep up the good work with the boycott. It is clearly working. We have thousands of signatures on our petition and have turned away thousands of customers. Rite Aid clearly underestimated us – and panicked in response.

 

Finally, stay in contact with your leads or Union Representatives and check your union local’s website so you have the latest information.

 

We are winning and we need to stick together. Don’t let Rite Aid’s desperation move fool you.



RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 09-11-2018

800,000 union members throw their support behind Rite Aid workers

Yesterday, the LA County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, the union federation of 300 unions with 800,000 members and family in Los Angeles County, voted to support our boycott and, if necessary, a strike.

In the meeting, members from other unions across Los Angeles pledged their support to our campaign for a fair contract.

This is an important development – it raises the pressure on Rite Aid management because it broadens the impact of our boycott and potential strike.

Here is a story from KNX radio in Los Angeles 

Rite Aid management is still sticking to their bad deal:

  •  Strip retirees of their healthcare
  •  25% cut in full-time positions
  •  Eliminating your say in the healthcare plan

Remember, keep up the pressure. We’re winning. 

Make sure your family and friends sign the Boycott Rite Aid petition and like our page on Facebook  

Stand together. Stand strong!


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 09-10-2018

No new offers from Rite Aid, but the boycott and store actions by you are making a difference.

Our boycott petition is nearing 2,000 signatures and our boycott lines at the stores are turning away hundreds of consumers who choose to support Rite Aid workers like you by shopping elsewhere.

The company is clearly feeling the pressure. If we keep this up we are very optimistic about a fair deal – but we’ll only get it if we keep up the pressure.

Some more details:

  •  On Monday, the L.A. County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO will vote to support our strike if it should happen. This means over 300 unions with 800,000 members and family will stand with us in a strike against Rite Aid. If you want to attend, it will be at 3pm at LA Fed HQ. Click here for directions: [map]
     
  • The Orange County Register covered our negotiations, and highlighted recently retired member Dorothy Alvarez. You can read the story here: [link]
     
  • Remember, keep up the pressure. Make sure your family and friends sign the Boycott Rite Aid petition at:

- Boycott Rite Aid petition at www.BoycottRiteAid.com
- and like our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/riteaidboycott

Stand together. Stand strong!

 


RITE AID BOYCOTT

CALL TO ACTION, BOYCOTT RITE AID! UFCW Local 770 is 30,000 strong, and we are asking every member to sign and share the links below.  We Got This!
 
Rite Aid management is disrespecting our fellow members with insulting wage and health care offers, dragging out negotiations, and other petty power plays.
 
We’re calling a boycott on their stores in response.
 
It’s easy to help – sign our online petition and post your support on the facebook page.
 
Do it now – your few minutes to support means a lot to your fellow members!

Will you support your brothers and sisters at Rite Aid today by signing the boycott petition here!?  Will you also follow and post to the facebook page is here?


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 08-30-2018

Your union representatives continue to try and reach a fair deal at the bargaining table. Unfortunately, the lawyers negotiating on behalf of Rite Aid failed to move the negotiations forward.

Your union negotiators held fast to the following:

  • No elimination of the jointly managed health care plan
  • No elimination of health care for senior citizen retirees
  • No elimination of full-time positions

Your union negotiators stand ready to reach a fair deal with Rite Aid. Unfortunately, Rite Aid’s lawyers refuse to negotiate fairly and demand a total surrender of your power in the workplace as their price for a contract.

This is unacceptable.

Recently Rite Aid union members voted overwhelmingly to reject these proposals and go on strike if necessary.

In recent public opinion polling:

  • Nearly 70% of customers said they would not cross a picket line to shop at Rite Aid.
  • 60% said they would take their prescriptions elsewhere.
  • And nearly 90% of customers said they supported you, the employees, over the corporate management of Rite Aid.

We have the leverage. We have the power. Rite Aid is panicking and unprepared.

Now is the time to stand strong and ramp up the pressure. Together, we win.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 08-22-2018

Last night the union held a Telephone Town Hall with union negotiators in order to update members about contract negotiations, and answer your questions.

If you were one of the more than 500 people who participated, thank you.
 
If you missed it, you can listen to a recording of it here: Rite Aid Town Hall Recording
 
Union negotiators, including your President John Grant and Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Finn, answered many questions about the contract, including:

  1. Negotiations: The next round of negotiations begins the week of August 27th.
     
  2. Wages: Because of the hidden small-print in Rite Aid’s offer, virtually no members will actually receive an increase. Members at the top rate get nothing. Anyone who’s wages are affected by state and local minimum wage increases (almost all members) will get nothing.
     
  3. Health Care: Rite Aid’s proposal would take you out of a plan that is jointly supervised by your union, and would allow Rite Aid to reduce your benefits and raise your premiums any time they want, without your input.

    As one of the members on the call pointed out, “I pay $44 for healthcare, while non-union Rite Aid members pay as much as $300-$400 per month.”
     
  4. Pharmacist pay: The company wants to remove starting salaries for pharmacists, instead paying them “whatever the market will bear.”

    As President John Grant pointed out, “This is the first step to making everyone work for the least amount possible, for the same salary as the most desperate person in the store.”
     
  5. Retirement: The Rite Aid proposal would strip CURRENT senior citizen retirees of their health care.

    As one of the panelists said, “If they are cruel enough to take health care away from seniors on a fixed income, imagine what they’ll do to you once they have complete control of your health care plan.”

 
Members on the call were also asked questions they could answer in a phone poll, including:
 
1. What is most important to you?
 
1.     wages                                       33%
2.     health care                               46%
3.     pension and retirement            14%
4.     more hours or scheduling         06%
 
2. do you feel respected by your management and Rite Aid?
 
1.     Yes                                              33%
2.     No                                               65%
3.     Sometimes                                  02%
 
3. Knowing what you know now, do you still support giving negotiators the power to strike if necessary?
 
1.     Yes:                                              93%
2.     No:                                                07%


RITE AID TOWN HALL CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULED FOR
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21ST AT 6 PM 

RSVP here for the Rite Aid Contract update Telephone Town Hall Tuesday at 6 PM!

Have questions about the Rite Aid negotiations? Join Local 770’s Telephone Townhall at 6pm on Tuesday, August 21st to hear the latest updates and get your questions answered.

It’s easy: you’ll receive a call from us, and then all you have to do is join the call to get the information you need.

Hear directly from our negotiating team about the Contract’s status.

WHAT:    Rite Aid contract update Telephone townhall
WHEN:    6 PM, Tuesday, August 21st

HOW:     We’ll call you – just answer your phone.

Can’t make it or afraid you’ll forget your question? Fill out our online form at ufcw770.org/question and we’ll do our best to address it on the call.

Can’t make 6pm? We’ll send you a link to a recording of the call so you can stay informed.

Put it in your schedule today!


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 08-14-2018

Consumers are continuing to support us in front of Rite Aid stores, like this one in South Pasadena.

 

Negotiations are still scheduled for the week of the 27th.

Next week we will be holding a telephone town hall to answer your questions about negotiations and the contract, and to hear your ideas and feedback. Details will follow soon.

Stay strong, stay united!


RITE AID ALBERTSONS MERGER UPDATE 08-09-2018

Yesterday Rite Aid and Albertsons mutually canceled their proposed merger agreement.

This means there will be no merger vote this week, and for all practical purposes there will be no merger between Rite Aid and Albertsons.

Rite Aid has stated publicly their next board meeting will be in October.

What does this mean?

Rite Aid negotiations will continue.

Rite Aid canceled next week’s negotiation dates, and our next negotiation session is now set for the week of the 27th of August.

We plan to hold a telephone town hall before those negotiations to update members. Dates and instructions will be finalized and distributed next week.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 8/06/2018

New consumer polling results available.

Last week your Union conducted public opinion polling around some of the busiest stores in Southern California.

The results are overwhelmingly in our favor, and show that consumers support us in our efforts to get a fair contract. In fact, the results are decisive in showing consumers support us not only in spirit, but will honor our strike in large numbers if necessary.

  •  When asked who consumers trust more for information about our contract, 88% of consumers with an opinion say union Rite Aid employees, and only 12% trust Rite Aid management.
  •  When asked if we should get full time hours and affordable health care, 91% of consumers with an opinion say yes. Only 9% disagree.
  • 69% say they would not cross our picket lines, and 60% say they would transfer their prescriptions until the strike is over.

These are remarkable statistics, and show that our unity in rejecting the unfair Rite Aid management offer is shared by Rite Aid’s own customers.

We will be releasing these numbers to the press shortly, but wanted to make sure you had them first.

Remember: stand together and stand strong. Our unity will pay dividends in this contract.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 8/03/2018

Who do you trust?

Rite Aid’s tricky lawyers?

Or your fellow members and elected union negotiators?

Rite Aid management wants to fool you.

That’s why they sent a private anti-union lawyer to negotiations instead of their management.

So don’t believe the misleading lawyer lies they keep handing out. Here are the facts:

Their proposed plan would:

  • Cut full-time employees by 25%
  •  Make it harder to get health care benefits
  •  Exclude most employees from wage increases (notice their use of the word “eligible” every time they talk about raises – lawyer tricks.)
  •  Give them the power to change benefits whenever they want
  •  Take away health care benefits from retiree senior citizens, leaving them with nothing. (notice this is never mentioned in their communications)

The union talked to Rite Aid’s lawyer negotiator after our vote rejecting this bad offer, and told them we want to meet – but only if they get serious about a real, fair plan.

That means a plan without tricks, cuts, and takeaways. We are aggressively trying to schedule those meetings now.

We’ve got your back. If we stand together, we’ll win. We will keep you updated about any developments.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 8/01/2018

 Overwhelming rejection of RA management offer sends a strong message

We have advised management of our Union’s overwhelming rejection of their cruel and insulting offer.

Additionally, we informed management of our willingness to continue negotiations, but only on the condition they intend to negotiate in good faith and offer a fair contract.

A fair contract should offer wage increases, strengthen our health care and retirement benefits, and protect retirees and seniors who depend on their health care trust benefits.

In other words, we will meet with them when they are ready to sit down and do the hard work of negotiating a fair contract.

We will keep you advised of any developments as they arise.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/31/2018

Rite Aid Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Reject the Company’s Offer and Authorize their Union to Strike if Deemed Necessary

  • UFCW Local 770 Members Overwhelmingly Vote “No” to a Draconian Rite Aid Proposal that Imposes Unattainable Wage Increases and Eliminates Health Care Benefits for Retirees

In a decisive display of union power and unity, an overriding majority of Rite Aid employees who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 770 voted Friday to reject management’s contract offer. The corporate proposal makes it almost impossible for employees to attain wage increases, eliminates wage protections for pharmacists, and cruelly strips retirees of health care benefits promised to them in their retirement, leaving them without coverage in their old age.
 
The company’s offer includes a so-called wage increase of 75 cents for each worker but applies unattainable conditions which guarantee that virtually no employees will actually get a raise, and those few that do will be forced to pay more than 80% of that raise right back to Rite Aid in the form of health care premiums. 
 
Workers in top rate won’t be able to receive the raise. Instead, their pay will be “frozen”, which means that their wages will remain the same for the entire life of the contract.
 
If workers receive any minimum wage increase during the calendar year or if they receive an increase based on seniority, the 75-cent raise does not apply to them either. Under these draconian conditions, almost no workers will qualify for a raise.  
 
The company’s offer also eliminates the current health plan and bans the union from any oversight of workers benefits. It strips healthcare from all current and future retirees. That means seniors who worked their whole careers for Rite Aid will lose health benefits immediately when the contract goes into effect.

“I am a single person who supports myself. I have no other source of income to cover health care benefits and this change would be devastating to me. I worked for Rite Aid for 22 years and I am counting on this benefit during my retirement,” says Dolores Alvarez, a retired clerk.

Denice Gibson, a pharmacy technician for 37 years currently working at a store in Van Nuys, states: “I do not want the company health benefits. I want Union benefits for all employees.”
 
“This year Rite Aid decided they will only pay pharmacists 25 cents more and new pharmacists a lot less,” said Weikang Peng, a pharmacist with Rite Aid for 17 years. “This is unacceptable to us and we are ready to fight”
Carmen Ulloa is a single mother who has worked for 14 years as a shift supervisor at a Rite Aid in Sherman Oaks. Ulloa points out that the company’s proposal prevents workers from receiving wage increases. “Things such as bills are already a struggle. We are struggling to get by and a raise in healthcare plans would harm hundreds.” 
    
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains that operates more than 4,500 stores. In 2017, the company reported annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Rite Aid and it’s shareholders stand to make $24 billion dollars in their pending merger with Albertsons. But their offer to their employees is nothing but a bait and switch for current employees and a cruel and immoral attack on senior citizens.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/27/2018

You win: after you and your union stood up to Rite Aid, they restored stools to pharmacy employees. This is what happens when we stand together and demand dignity and respect on the job.

Keep up the fight! Your vote today to reject Rite Aid's insulting offer is just another opportunity to show them how united we are.

When we stand together, WE WIN!


RITE AID CONTRACT VOTE


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/24/2018

Stay united. Stay strong. Stay informed! 

Rite Aid corporate offer would eliminate healthcare for all current AND future retirees. That means seniors who worked their whole careers for Rite Aid will lose health benefits with no chance of replacing them.

Rite Aid and it’s shareholders stand to make $24 billion dollars in their pending merger with Albertsons. But their offer to their employees is nothing but a bait and switch for current employees and a cruel and immoral attack on senior citizens.

It proposes wage increases that few employees, if any, will ever receive and proposes weakening healthcare for current employees and eliminating benefits for the most vulnerable.

Stand together and REJECT this terrible contract offer from Rite Aid management and their tricky lawyers.

On Friday, July 27, vote to REJECT this insulting deal.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/21/2018

The Rite Aid ripoff 
Management gives final offer, unless we vote to authorize a strike.

The corporate lawyers for Rite Aid pushed their final, deceptive offer across the bargaining table Friday.

They think they can trick you with a bait-and-switch. They think they can dangle a fake raise in front of you while they take away your and retiree’s health care.

In fact, virtually no members will actually get a raise, and those few that do will be forced to pay more than 80% of that raise right back to Rite Aid. Rite Aid’s tricky lawyers hid that in the legalese.

Here’s the deal the Rite Aid corporate lawyers think they can fool you with:

  • Eliminates and closes down the current health care plan, and bans the union from any oversight of your benefits.
  • Forces you into a one-size-fits-all plan controlled 100% by the company, a plan they can change or eliminate any time they want, however they want without your input or approval.
  • There is no HMO option. No PPO option. No Kaiser option. You get what Rite Aid decides to give you. You will have no say.
  • But guess what: you still have to pay your premiums. The difference? Your premium goes directly into Rite Aid’s pocket instead of your health care plan.
  • Immediately eliminates all health care benefits for current and future retirees. That’s right – people who worked their lives for Rite Aid and depend on their benefits lose them immediately, the day after this is implemented.
  • The so-called “raises”: if you get a minimum wage increase during the calendar year, you don’t get a raise. If you get a longevity increase, you don’t get a raise. Virtually no workers will get this raise.  Almost all workers are affected by these two things.
  • If you are at the top rate, your pay is frozen – no raise for you the entire life of the contract.
  • Even if you are one of the company’s chosen few who get a raise, your health care premium payment that goes directly to Rite Aid will consume 83% of the hourly increase. That means you are rebating your raise right back to the company.
  • Rite Aid already did this in Seattle and Washington State, and they screwed their employees again and again once they got them on the company plan.

The Rite Aid corporation thinks you aren’t smart enough to figure this out. They think they can pull one over on you. 

They’re laughing at you, like a used car dealer who just ripped off a customer with a lemon.

They don’t respect you enough to give you a fair deal. Show them you have dignity enough to reject a terrible, insulting deal like this.

Know that you’re not alone. Your fellow Rite Aid members are with you, as well as the 30,000 members of Local 770.

On Friday, July 27, vote to REJECT this insulting deal.
 


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/20/2018

We continue to meet with the Rite Aid corporate representatives about your contract. Despite our attempts to bargain in good faith, the corporation continues to attack union workers’ dignity, this time in the pharmacy department.

The attempt to roll back our health care and hourly guarantees was almost enough, but now the corporate management is banning stools in the pharmacy department for pharmacists and techs who are working on prescriptions.

Why? Because they can. If you needed any other proof they cannot be trusted alone with your health care or hours, this is it. Small insults like this are indicators of a lack of respect and communication with employees.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/16/2018

The truth about Rite Aid Corporation’s offer

Management is trying to confuse you.

Here are the facts about changing your healthcare:

  1. It raises the minimum hourly requirement to 30, a 25% increase in hours needed to qualify for health care. 
  2. At the same time, the plan slashes the number of positions that guarantee at least 30 hours by 25% - eliminating eligibility for a lot of members.
  3. Prevents your Union from participating in the administration of the plan and protecting your interests.
  4. Allows the company to change the plan whenever and however they want – even right after the contract is signed.

This is the issue: our current plan gives you a voice and security in your health care, and makes it easier to qualify for benefits.

Their plan eliminates your voice and makes it much harder to get eligible.

That’s the difference. It’s a bad deal.


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 7/13/2018

The Rite Aid corporation’s contract offer did not substantially change. It is still bad for members:

  • Insulting wage proposal 
  • Eliminates full-time positions
  • Eliminates health care for up to 70% of employees

The company management refuses to be fair with you and your contract.

Despite pursuing a hugely profitable $24 billion merger with mega-grocery giant Albertson’s, Rite Aid is still trying to take away fair pay, health care benefits, and hours.

Further negotiations are scheduled for later next week. Your union is exploring methods to force management to the table with a fair agreement. 

Stay tuned for notices about meetings, new updates, and an opportunity to make your voice heard in this fight.

Follow this link to find dates and times of actions at the stores and opportunities to make your voice heard.
UFCW770.org/Actions

Stay united. Stay strong. 
 


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 6/8/2018

Today Rite Aid gave us their most recent economic and language proposal which will devastate our current contract.

  • Rite Aid has essentially proposed a wage freeze
  • Company health plan - worse healthcare that is more expensive
  • Reduce the amount of full time positions in the store
  • Only $.25 wage increase for pharmacists
  • Fewer protections against layoffs

Talk to your Union Rep for more information and to get involved. 

Get ready to fight back. 


RITE AID CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - 6/4/2018

We have held 3 meetings with Rite Aid management about your next contract.

•    Your unity will determine our success at the bargaining table
•    Health care, full-time status and job security are the main issues

Management wants to take away your union health care plan and put you into a plan they control instead. This plan would require you to work 30 hours a week to simply qualify for benefits.

Management wants to take away more of your hours, and cut full-time employees by 25%.

These demands are unacceptable. How do we respond? STAND TOGETHER!

Under no circumstances will we allow the company to take away your health care plan. Management makes this proposal all the time, and we stop them. If we stick together we can defeat this again.

We are trying to increase wages, protect health care, increase your scheduling notice, and ensure more flexibility for part-timers. These are our goals, and if we stand united, we can achieve them.
 


Rite Aid Negotiation Update 5/16/2018

On 5/15, less than one week prior to the long scheduled 5/21 start date for bargaining, Rite Aid canceled the meeting and said they were not prepared to begin. This is the second cancelation. We are now scheduled to begin June 1.  Your Union has been requesting dates since late March.

We are disappointed by this delay by Rite Aid.  Rite Aid members work hard under stressful conditions.  Our goal is to conclude negotiations by contract expiration date of July 14.  These repeated cancelations will make that difficult.

Your union is prepared to meet frequently in the next month and to negotiate a good contract for our Rite Aid members.  We hope Rite Aid management will recognize your hard work and dedication and stop delaying and begin scheduling dates.  

We will update this site as more information becomes available.  Stay strong and united for a good contract.  


What you need to know about the Rite Aid/Albertsons merger

As you may have heard, the parent company of Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions is potentially merging with Rite Aid.

What does that mean for employees?

In the short term, probably no changes for employees. Your union is working right now to find out more. Our leaders, attorneys, and others are on the job.

Importantly, our contract remains in place and has provisions that protect you if your company is purchased.

When will we know?

As soon as your union has more answers from management, we will communicate directly with you. We are aware and actively monitoring the situation.

What about my job?

Your union will do everything possible to protect your and others jobs. Right now the best strategy is to keep working and look out for updates from us.

How can I get more information?

If you need more information or want to check on our status, you can call or talk to your union representative (find their contact info here: http://ufcw770.org/staff) or call Local 770 us at 213-487-7070.

We will provide information as we get it.

Remember – we’re stronger when we stand together.


 

 

Food 4 Less / FoodsCo Members Ratify New Agreement with Wage Increases, Hours Guarantees and Maintenance of Health Care and Retirement Benefits

 

Food 4 Less / FoodsCo members stood together for months to achieve a new Agreement that contains:

 

· Significant wage increases for all workers – equal to or better than those agreed to by Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons:


· Top rate increases for Warehouse Clerks, Meat Cutters, and Service Clerks (total $0.85) equal to industry standard.
· General Clerks move to APC Clerk with a total top increase of $1.05.
· Combining Meat and Service Clerks results in an immediate $0.55 increase for Meat Clerks ($1.10 total increase over 3 years
·
The largest total wage increases of any contract we’ve negotiated in the retail food industry!!

· Reduced gap between F4L checkers and Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons checkers - We will continue to fight to close this gap in future negotiations. Combining General Clerks and future Warehouse Clerks in one classification eliminates distinction between checkers and stockers – a distinction that does not exist in conventional agreement. This is a necessary step in making the Food 4 Less contract more like the conventional stores agreement.

· Increased protections for Warehouse Clerks’ monthly take-home pay,

· No changes to medical and pension benefits.

· “Municipalities” (City/County of Los Angeles) added to the minimum wage side letter resulting in large increases ($2.50 or more) for most employees in the progression steps. UFCW pushed for minimum wage increases a few years ago to drive up wages for all workers covered by our contracts.
 


Food4Less/FoodsCo CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE MEETINGS

We reached a tentative agreement with Food 4 Less/FoodsCo. Ratification meetings to vote on the proposal will be held on October 17th. Thank you for Standing Together! Details of the contract will be available for members to review and approve at the October 17th ratification meeting.

Logramos un acuerdo tentativo con Food 4 Less/FoodsCo. Las juntas de ratificación para votar sobre la propuesta serán el 17 de Octubre. ¡Gracias por Mantenerse Unidos! Los detalles del contrato estarán disponibles para que los miembros los revisen y aprueben en la junta de ratificación del 17 de Octubre.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 All-Day Voting (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Martes 17 de Octubre, 2017 – Votación de Todo el Día (8 a.m. a 7 p.m.)

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