News: Could a California Grocery Worker Strike Spur a Nationwide Movement?

This post originally appeared on CivilEats.com


When Sharon Hechler started working in Arcadia, California as a cashier for the supermarket chain Albertsons 46 years ago, she never intended to make it her lifelong career.

“Then, I found out I loved it,” she told Civil Eats. “Once upon a time, it was a great job. We had some of the best pay, the best benefits. So, I thought I was set for life.”

That shifted when the variety of grocery store chains in Southern California “kept gobbling each other up,” Hechler said. “Now, there’s like two major companies, and they’re setting the tone for the consumer and the worker, and greed has set in.”

Hechler says that she can’t remember the last time she received a pay raise and that many of her colleagues have fared far worse than she has.

“The [people] I work with they are counting out their pennies to buy a pound of hamburger, and I see them working every day,” she said. “It’s not fair.”

On August 1, Hechler was one of a few dozen grocery store workers picketing outside a Ralphs in Pasadena, with signs that read, “put people over profits” and “fighting to defend quality jobs.” Workers have been picketing outside Southern California grocery stores since United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals voted in June to authorize a strike against the Albertsons—which also ownsSafeway, Vons, Pavilions, and 16 other retail chains—and Ralphs, the largest subsidiary of Kroger (which also owns 15 other retail chains).

If a strike does take place, it would be the first time in 15 years that Southern California grocery store employees took part in a work stoppage. A mass action this fall could yield powerful results for grocery store workers, since their counterparts in Oregon and Washington are also mobilizing. On August 24, UFCW Local 555, which represents Oregon and part of Washington, voted to authorize a strike against Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway. Instead of a work stoppage relegated to one region, grocery stores could strike up and down the West Coast, paving the way for a national movement akin to the fast-food workers’ Fight for $15.

The UFCW locals in Southern California voted to authorize a strike after grocery store workers were offered less than a 1 percent salary increase, a particularly paltry sum in one of the country’s most expensive regions, especially considering Albertsons reported making $5.2 billion in profit on $18.7 billion in sales in its latest quarterly earnings report. In Los Angeles, the median annual income is $54,501, but the median annual income for a food and beverage store cashier in the U.S. is just $23,780.

Since March, the grocery store workers have been negotiating for higher pay and to keep their existing health benefits, but after 26 bargaining meetings, they have yet to agree on a new contract with their employers. On August 26, UFCW 770 in Los Angeles issued a statement notifying its membership that all Southern California locals will hold meetings September 9 “to vote to accept or reject the employers’ final offer.” The local said that it has also filed “unfair labor practice charges” against Ralphs and Albertsons for reportedly prohibiting workers from participating in union activity outside stores.

Ralphs did not respond to Civil Eats’ request for comment about the negotiations, but Albertsons sent the following statement: “Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions remain committed to reaching an agreement that will provide our employees with a competitive compensation package that includes good wages, maintains their affordable health care, and provides for their retirement while, at the same time, continuing to keep our company competitive in the Southern California market.”

Kathy Finn, the secretary-treasurer of UFCW 770 in Los Angeles, said that the picketing and strike authorizations taking place throughout the West Coast this summer are part of a strategic effort. Still, workers are losing patience as the grocery store chains have resisted meeting the UFCW’s terms related to pay, benefits, hours, and scheduling.

“There have been more than enough negotiations to have gotten this done,” Finn said. “The companies are stalling because it’s in their best interest to stall, to save money by stalling. But our workers have been falling farther and farther behind. Housing is very expensive; the cost of living has gone up faster than the wages. Everyone needs to get a fair wage increase.”

The Struggles of Grocery Store Workers

Mary Müeller-Reiche has worked for Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, for 12 years. She started out at Kroger stores in West Virginia and Ohio and is now a cashier and sales manager for Ralphs in Los Angeles. Despite her years of experience, the 33-year-old has little to show for it.

“My husband and I have extra roommates to afford the rent,” she said. “We’re not making enough to have our own place.”

Müeller-Reiche said that she would like to be able to afford her own apartment and start a family, but that’s difficult to do on the wages she earns. While she declined to share her salary with Civil Eats, she said “it could be better” as she stood outside a picket line earlier this month at a Pasadena Ralphs.

“There’s people who work very, very hard, and they’re just not getting the pay that they deserve [for the work] that they’re putting into the position,” Müeller-Reiche added.

She pointed out that it can take several years before workers get annual pay raises. Before then, raises are based on hours worked and given incrementally rather than annually.

“It’s a march of the dimes—we like to call it,” Müeller-Reiche said. “Every so often, you get a dime increase, and that really, really doesn’t do much of anything. Maybe we might get a pizza party now and then, but pizza doesn’t pay the rent.”

In the early 2000s, wages for grocery store workers began to decline. In 2010, according to a 2014 report from the Food Labor Research Center (FLRC) at the University of California, Berkeley, the median hourly wage for food retail workers was just $11.33, a drop of $1.64 from roughly a decade earlier. Low wages have led to these workers experiencing twice the level of food insecurity as the general public.

Jessica Bartholow, a policy advocate for the Western Center on Law and Povertyand a former grocery store employee, said food retail workers in California are in an unfortunate predicament; as of 2014, 36 percent relied on public assistance at an annual cost to the state of $662 million.

“Grocery store workers make up one of the biggest groups of workers in California’s economy,” Bartholow said. “When they’re paid low [wages], the state feels the impact. I worked as a bagger, and we didn’t have a lot of money. It’s really hard seeing food come to your line and not being able to purchase [it].”

The FLRC report placed much of the blame for the plight grocery store workers face on the rise of general merchandise retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Costco. Competition from such stores has led unionized supermarket chains to compete with Walmart’s low-price/low-wage model, the researchers contended.

“[Grocery store] workers used to get decent healthcare and wage increases, but the competition from these non-union segments are chipping away at the things we took for granted,” said Saru Jayaraman, director of the FLRC. “Strikes are still the only way that these workers have to demonstrate their power.”

The popularity of “natural” and gourmet food chains have also placed additional pressure on grocery store chains, but this hasn’t stopped traditional supermarkets such as Albertsons from seeing rising revenues.

“These corporations are making so much money; they just don’t want to share,” Albertsons checker Sharon Hechler said. “It’s just not right.”

And workers who attempt to supplement their income by getting a second or third job run into challenges because of scheduling issues. According to UFCW 770’s Finn, workers know their schedules about a week in advance, but because they change from week to week, the supplemental jobs they take on must also be flexible. Irregular schedules also make it hard for parents who work in grocery stores to coordinate childcare.

“It’s very much a gender issue since childcare disproportionately falls on women,” said Stephanie Seguino, a University of Vermont professor of economics. “In low-quality jobs, people don’t have autonomy over their work schedule. It’s really a serious issue with many parallels to the fast-food workers.”

The Benefits of Improving Working Conditions

Paying workers more isn’t likely to hurt grocery stores. In fact, it may help them. Retailers such as Costco, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s pay workers some of the industry’s highest wages and continue to see market growth and rising revenues. Additionally, paying workers more has been shown to cut down on turnover, which causes companies to lose money as they pay to replace former employees and train their replacements. Grocery store employees stay in their jobs for an average of 1.75 years, the FLRC study found, but those earning a living wage remained for a median of 5.5 years.

Workers who have more control of their schedule also have more success pursuing higher education and certification, which benefits their employers, Bartholow said.

“You want to have people who stay in the industry for a long time, who know food safety and safe-handling practices,” she said. “Public safety depends on them. Also, there are a lot of rules with regards to credit cards and public benefits programs and payments that cashiers have to follow. We want to make sure this information is being appropriately handled and that grocery store workers are well trained.”

Strikes themselves are costly for companies. The four-month grocery store worker strike that occurred in 2003 led to a total loss of revenue of $1.5 billion, for instance. Employees suffered during and after the work stoppage too. Some workers and consumers crossed picket lines, and wages fell afterward, which Jayaraman attributes more to marketplace changes than to the strike itself.

If workers decide to strike this year, she hopes consumers will support them in the same way they did other striking workers, such as California’s teachers.

“Sometimes, as consumers, we see some workers as deserving and professional and other workers as an inconvenience. But everybody’s trying to earn enough to feed their family,” Jayaraman said.

Finn said that consumers can start by letting store managers at the affected chains know that they are regular shoppers who will no longer patronize the store should a strike occur. Customers have more influence than workers do, she added.

For that reason, workers also want consumers to understand how difficult their jobs are. Müeller-Reiche said that because she spends eight hours on her feet each day, she often wakes up aching from the previous day’s shift.

“Every morning, it takes a while to get my feet used to walking again because they’re just so sore,” she said. “There are back injuries all the time. Our arms are sore. There’s a lot of heavy, repetitive lifting, especially cashiering.”

Hechler added that most grocery store employees must be available to work year-round, including weekends and major holidays. Sometimes, she begins her shift at 5 a.m. and other times she works until midnight.

“It is very, very difficult to work in this business,” she said. “We sacrifice a lot. All we want to do is to make a fair wage, a living wage, to support ourselves.”


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – August 23, 2019

Ralphs says you’re only worth a nickel.

In their latest update about their wage offer, Ralphs said: “A nickel is a significant investment!”

What do you think? Is a nickel wage increase enough?

We don’t. This offer is insulting.

Now’s the time to tell Ralphs a nickel isn’t enough!

Join the actions in front of your stores to show Ralphs executives your value is more than a nickel.

Talk to your rep or steward today about signing up for the next action at your store.


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – August 15, 2019

Members:

We just left the negotiation table today. After we gave several comprehensive proposals on healthcare and wages, management’s response was to only offer another nickel a year.

Right now, management can’t make it any clearer – they think they can offer pennies and jeopardize our health care and pensions because we won’t stand up.

It’s time to remind them of the relationships we have with our customers and the impact we can have in our stores and communities.

Here’s what to expect next week:

  • Your reps and stewards will reach out to you to let you know the plan.
  • Be prepared to assist your stewards outside of stores.
  • You’ll receive an outreach toolkit that includes handbills for customers and fact sheets for you.
  • Stay positive and support your coworkers. Our union family is strongest when we stand together.

Should you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your union representative.

In solidarity,
John Grant
President, UFCW 770

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

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Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – August 1, 2019

Members:

Negotiations wrapped up this week with management giving proposals on wages, pension, and health care, but the truth is, their proposals are unreasonable and insulting. We know that you are increasingly feeling the pressure of understaffing, unpredictable schedules, and low wages, but your employers’ proposals are significantly less than what you deserve.

That’s why we must continue to engage our co-workers, stores, communities, and customers and increase the pressure on your companies.

We will continue to negotiate for a contract that ensures that all current and future jobs at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Safeway are good jobs and will not settle for anything less than what you deserve.

In solidarity,
John Grant
President, UFCW 770

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

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Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – July 19, 2019

Members:

The road to a good contract is long, but your hard work is paying off.

The corporate owners withdrew several of their insulting demands because you stood up by authorizing a strike, demonstrating in front of stores, and gathering more than 10,000 community support signatures.

Specifically, you forced the corporate owners to drop their efforts to slash checker pay by 25% and eliminate payouts of unpaid sick days. We are in the process of eliminating more of their takeaways.

Our unity and our determination to be heard worked. But we still have a ways to go and a lot of work to do.

This week we made proposals to increase minimum hour guarantees, protect your schedules, and plan for the future of work. Unfortunately, the companies at the table continue to put your livelihood, benefits, and hours at risk.

You bring value to your customers and stores every day, and your hard work needs to be rewarded and recognized. That’s why our fight must continue to focus on getting respect and recognition for the services we provide not only to the company but the customers and communities we serve.

We will be back at the table July 30, 31 and August 1. There is still more work ahead to achieve a contract that reflects your hard work serving customers and helping families put food on the table every day.

In the meantime, continue informing your coworkers and communities about how the companies’ unreasonable proposals will damage customer service and the experience.

Our consumers support us and will stand up for good jobs in our communities. Remember to thank them for their support and make sure you and your co-workers are signed up to receive negotiation updates.

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

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Estimados Miembros:

El camino a un buen contrato es largo pero tu duro trabajo está dando
frutos.

Los dueños corporativos retiraron varias de sus insultantes demandas porque ustedes se pararon firmes autorizando una huelga, manifestándose enfrente de las tiendas y reuniendo más de 10,000 firmas de apoyo de la comunidad.

Específicamente, ustedes obligaron a los dueños corporativos a retirar sus esfuerzos de recortar el pago a los cajeros en un 25% y eliminar pagos de días por enfermedad no usados. Estamos en el proceso de eliminar más de sus recortes.

Nuestra unidad y determinación de ser escuchados funcionó. Pero todavía tenemos un largo camino por recorrer y mucho trabajo por hacer.

Esta semana hicimos propuestas para aumentar garantías de mínimo de
horas, proteger sus horarios, y planear el futuro del trabajo.Desafortunadamente, las compañías en la mesa de negociaciones siguen poniendo en riesgo tu subsistencia, beneficios y horas.

Tú aportas valor a tus clientes y tiendas todos los días y tu duro trabajo necesita ser recompensado y reconocido. Es por eso que nuestra lucha debe continuar enfocándose en lograr respeto y reconocimiento por los servicios que nosotros damos no solamente a la compañía sino también a los consumidores y a las comunidades a las que servimos.

Regresaremos a la mesa de negociaciones el 30 y 31 de julio, y el 1 de agosto. Hay más trabajo por hacer para lograr un contrato que refleje tu duro trabajo sirviendo a los clientes y ayudando a las familias a llevar comida a sus mesas todos los días.

Mientras tanto, sigue informando a tus compañeros de trabajo sobre la forma en que las propuestas absurdas de las compañías dañarán el servicio al cliente y su experiencia de compras.

Nuestros clientes nos apoyan y lucharán por buenos trabajos en nuestras comunidades. Recuerda darles las gracias por su apoyo y asegúrate que tú y tus compañeros de trabajo se hayan registrado para recibir las actualizaciones de la negociación.

 

Envía un Texto con la palabra “grocery770” al 698329

para recibir actualizaciones y alertas de las negociaciones.

(pagos de msg & datos podrían aplicar).

 


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – July 12, 2019

Members:

When we join together, we have the power to make jobs at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons, and Pavillions good jobs. The actions you’ve taken with your coworkers over the past several weeks have been seen by the company and felt by our communities and customers. Everything that you have done will help you and your coworkers get the contract that you deserve.  

Negotiations wrapped up this week with discussions on how the companies’ proposals will impact your healthcare and wages. And while we exchanged proposals across the table, we remain far apart on major issues. Simply put, their proposals are an insult to anyone who believes that one good job should be enough.

It is disappointing that these companies continue to undervalue your knowledge, skills, and service to the customers that makes them successful. So successful, that your employers are profiting billions and its corporate executives are taking home millions of dollars in compensation every year. 

Your exceptional service is the reason you’ve earned and deserve the ability to take care of yourself and your family.

We will be back at the table July 17 – 19.  In the meantime, stay informed and continue organizing your communities. Solidarity is the key to victory.

Remember to thank your customers for their support and make sure you and your co-workers are signed up to receive negotiation updates.

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

negotiation updates and alerts

(msg & data rates apply).

 


Estimados Miembros:

Cuando nos unimos, tenemos el poder de hacer que los empleos en Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons y Pavilions sean buenos trabajos. Las acciones que tú has tomado con tus compañeros de trabajo en las últimas semanas han sido vistas por la compañía y han sido sentidas por nuestras comunidades y clientes. Todo lo que tú has hecho te va a ayudar a ti y a tus compañeros de trabajo a lograr el contrato que te mereces.

Las negociaciones concluyeron esta semana con discusiones sobre cómo las propuestas de las compañías impactarán tu servicio médico y tus sueldos. Y mientras pusimos nuestras propuestas sobre la mesa de negociaciones, aún seguimos muy lejos en los temas principales. En pocas palabras, sus propuestas son un insulto para cualquier persona que piense que un buen trabajo debe ser suficiente.

Es decepcionante que estas compañías continúen desvalorizando tus conocimientos, habilidades y servicio a los clientes que es lo que los hace prósperos a ellos. Tan prósperos, que tus empleadores están obteniendo ganancias de miles de millones de dólares y sus ejecutivos corporativos están llevándose a casa millones de dólares en compensación cada año.

Tu excepcional servicio es la razón por la que tú te has ganado y te mereces la posibilidad de poder atenderte a ti mismo a tu familia.

Vamos a regresar a la mesa de negociaciones del 17 al 19 de Julio. Mientras tanto, mantente informado y sigue organizando a tus comunidades. La solidaridad es la clave para la victoria.

Recuerda dar gracias a los clientes por su apoyo y asegúrate de que tú y tus compañeros de trabajo se hayan registrado para recibir noticias sobre las negociaciones.

Envía un Texto con la palabra “grocery770” al 698329

para recibir actualizaciones y alertas de las negociaciones.

(pagos de msg & datos podrían aplicar).

 


Strike Authorization Vote Results from President John Grant

Local 770 Members:

I want to thank you for staying strong and united during this long and frustrating contract negotiation process. Your fierce dedication and patience were heard loud and clear at the Strike Authorization Vote yesterday.

Thousands of 770 members showed up to 21 polling locations across 18 cities to make their voices heard and demand corporate negotiators put forward a fair contract. Today, the results are in across Southern CA.

We overwhelmingly rejected corporate’s offer. Share the graphic below to show that we won’t give up until a fair contract is in our hands.

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Let me tell you: I’m energized to walk into the next round of negotiations armed with the power to take economic action, if necessary, to win this contract—including calling a strike.

We win by showing the grocery executives that we won’t settle for their insulting offers, and we won’t back down in the face of corporate greed. We’re 770. We stand up, we get loud, and we fight for what’s right—always.

Our next move is to stay active and organized. Stay informed by talking to your Union Rep and Store Steward and following the news at UFCW770.org.

We got this,

John Grant
President, UFCW 770

 


Miembros del Local 770:

Quiero agradecerles por mantenerse fuertes y unidos durante este largo y frustrante proceso de negociación de contrato. Su intensa dedicación y paciencia fueron escuchadas fuerte y claro durante el Voto de Autorización de Huelga.

Miles de miembros del 770 acudieron a los 21 lugares de votación en 18 ciudades para hacer escuchar sus voces y exigir a los negociadores corporativos presentar un contrato justo. Hoy, los resultados ya están contabilizados en todo el Sur de California.

Nosotros abrumadoramente rechazamos la oferta corporativa. Comparte la siguiente gráfica para demostrar que no nos vamos a rendir hasta que un contrato justo esté en nuestras manos.

Comparte la gráfica

Déjame decirte: Yo me siento energizado para seguir a la siguiente ronda de negociaciones, armado con el poder de tomar una acción económica, de ser necesario, para ganar este contrato – incluso, llamar a una huelga.

Nosotros ganamos demostrando a los ejecutivos que nosotros no aceptaremos sus ofertas insultantes y que no nos echaremos para atrás frente a la avaricia corporativa. Somos el 770. Nosotros nos levantamos, hacemos ruido y luchamos por lo que es justo –siempre.

Nuestro siguiente paso es mantenernos activos y organizados. Manténte informado hablando con tu Representante de la Unión y Delegado en la Tienda así como siguiendo las noticias en UFCW770.org.

Si Podemos!

John Grant
Presidente, UFCW 770


Voting Locations

*Voting is for members working at Albertsons, Ralphs, Vons or Pavilions only

Monday, June 24th

Tuesday, June 25th

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande Office
140 W. Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Atascadero

Holiday Inn Express
9010 West Front Road
Atascadero, CA 93422

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Camarillo

Camarillo Office
816 Camarillo Springs Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Burbank

Elks Lodge 1497
2232 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Harbor City

Harbor City Office
25949 Belle Porte Avenue
Harbor City, CA 90710

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Eagle Rock

City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 6pm

Huntington Park

RFI Workers’ Center
5400 Pacific Boulevard
Huntington Park, CA 90255

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

LAX

Custom Hotel
8639 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Office
630 Shatto Place, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Montebello

Quiet Cannon
901 Via San Clemente
Montebello, CA 90640

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Mission Hills

Liuna Local 300
14800 Devonshire Street
Mission Hills, CA 91340

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Office
27125 Sierra Highway, Suite 204
Santa Clarita CA, 91351

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Palmdale

Hilton Garden Inn
1309 W Rancho Vista Boulevard
Palmdale, CA 93551

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Simi Valley

Grand Vista Hotel
999 Enchanted Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Pasadena

Pasadena Hilton
168 S Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Van Nuys

Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Office
4213 State Street, Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

Ventura

Teamsters Local 186
1534 Eastman Avenue, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 8pm

Woodland Hills

Warner Center Marriott
21850 W Oxnard Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Monday, June 24th
7am – 8pm

West Hollywood

St. Ambrose Catholic Church
1281 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Tuesday, June 25th
7am – 6:30pm

Why a Strike Authorization Vote?


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – June 4, 2019

The corporate negotiators for Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons continue to play games and push unacceptable takeaways and concessions, including:

    • Slashing pay for checkers
    • Funding proposal that threatens our health plan

There are two more days of negotiations scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday. Unless there are significant changes in their offer, your employer is giving us no choice but to take action.

We will not stand by while profitable corporations nickel and dime the people who make their profits possible. If we don’t have serious movement by the end of our next negotiation dates, we will be forced to stand up for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Stay tuned to this space for more information.


Los negociadores corporativos de Ralphs, Vons y Albertsons continúan haciéndole al juego y avanzando recortes y concesiones inaceptables, incluyendo:

• Recorte al pago para cajeros
• Financiar propuesta que amenaza nuestro plan médico

Hay otros dos días más de negociaciones programados para el próximo Lunes y Martes.

A menos que haya cambios significativos en su oferta, tu empleador no nos está dejando otra opción más que tomar acción.

Nosotros no nos vamos a quedar parados mientras corporaciones lucrativas centavean a la gente que hace posible sus ganancias. Si no logramos un avance serio para las próximas fechas de negociaciones, seremos obligados a luchar por nosotros mismos, por nuestras familias y por nuestras comunidades.

Mantente al pendiente de este espacio para más información.


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – May 24, 2019

The corporate employers finally showed their hand with a wage and health benefits offer.

This week we brought a member delegation made up of GM clerks to negotiations. They spoke directly to corporate negotiators about the challenges of the 2-tier system and inequality in the workplace.

The corporate negotiators’ response?

Reduces the top pay for GM clerks. Makes checkers GM clerks. Attacks our health plan and undermine its long-term funding. Wage increases of less than 1%. Refuses to provide a plan to adequately fund your pension.

All this after Ralphs gave executives raises this year of up to 34%, Albertsons-Vons paid $250 million to its owners, and both reaped more than $1.3 BILLION in special-interest tax benefits this year alone (benefits denied to working families).

This is unacceptable. We have communicated back to the corporate negotiators that we will not accept unfair and hypocritical takeaways like this.

We can’t stand by and allow the corporate negotiators to get away with this. We’ve sent our counter proposals across the table, insisting on better wages, closing the GM/Food Clerk gap, and expanding your benefits and voice at work.

If the corporate negotiators continue to refuse to bargain fairly, we’ll have to explore other actions outside the bargaining table.

Look here for future updates

Los empleadores corporativos finalmente mostraron la mano, con una oferta de salarios y beneficios de salud.

Esta semana, llevamos a las negociaciones a una delegación de miembros integrada por Empleados de Mercancía General (GM clerks). Ellos hablaron directamente a los negociadores corporativos sobre los retos del sistema escalonado y sobre la desigualdad en los lugares de trabajo
¿La respuesta de los negociadores corporativos?

Reducir el pago tope para los GM clerks. Convertir a los cajeros en GM clerks. Atacar nuestro plan médico y reducir su financiamiento a largo plazo. Aumentos de salario de menos de 1 %. Negativa de dar un plan para financiar adecuadamente tu pensión.

Todo esto después de que Ralphs dio a sus ejecutivos aumentos este año de hasta un 34%, Albertsons-Vons pagó $250 millones a sus dueños y ambos obtuvieron más de $1.3 BILLONES en beneficios de impuestos de intereses especiales solamente este año (beneficios negados a las familias trabajadoras).

Esto es inaceptable. Nos hemos comunicado con los negociadores corporativos para informales que nosotros no vamos a aceptar propuestas injustas e hipócritas como esta.

No podemos quedarnos parados y permitir a los negociadores corporativos salirse con la suya. Hemos mandado nuestras contra- propuestas a la mesa de negociaciones, insistiendo en mejores salarios, cerrar la brecha entre GM/Cajeros, y expandir tus beneficios y tu voz en el trabajo.

Si los negociadores corporativos continúan negándose a negociar de manera justa, tendremos que explorar otras acciones fuera de la mesa de negociaciones.

Pulsa aquí para próximas actualizaciones


 
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