Raley's, union reach agreement | News
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - On Tuesday, members of Raley's supermarket chain and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union reached a tentative agreement following a nine-day strike.
"This is very exciting because this contract provides us with the cost savings we need to fund our vision and the initiatives to make us more competitive in the 21st Century," said Mike Teel, of Raley's president. "I greatly appreciate the incredible effort put forth by our employees and company during this time as well as thank the many customers who continued to support us. As one of the last large family-owned grocery chains, it will be great to have everyone back working again."
The UFCW was able to preserve their union-run health plan, one of the main points of contention during the strike.
UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall said picket lines would be withdrawn from all Raley's and Nob Hill stores immediately and workers would return to their positions without any effect on their seniority or health care eligibility.
All replacements workers were to be discharged immediately, Loveall said.
Raley's workers went on strike Nov. 4 after ongoing contract talks broke down. At the heart of the disagreement was a proposed two-year wage freeze, elimination of premium pay for Sunday shifts, and health care benefits.
The strike was the first in the grocer's 77-year history.