This is a big year for contract negotiations. The new contracts that eventually emerge will determine our members’ wages, benefits and work rules for years to come.
In every case, Solidarity will be the key to success. Whether you work in Retail Food, Wholesale Food, Retail Drug, medical offices, distilleries or any of the other industries we serve, it is crucial to show your support for your Union negotiating teams and for all of your Union sisters and brothers.
In the grocery industry, talks have begun in Southern California with Albertsons, Vons and other major Union chains. Talks have also begun in Northern California with the Save Mart and Lucky supermarket chains, and negotiations with Safeway and Raley’s will start soon.
Our proposals at the bargaining table are based on what our members tell us they want and need. We listen very carefully.
Experience shows that managers will be alerting senior management about their workers’ level of support for UFCW 8-Golden State and our Union allies. If your manager or supervisor asks for your thoughts about negotiations, let him or her know you stand 100 percent with your Union!
When Union support is strong, management will be more ready to agree to a fair contract. But when support is weak, an employer may be tempted to make unfair demands at the bargaining table.
Here are other ways you can show management you support your Union:
- Wear your Union buttons. Talk to customers (as long as you keep working) and let them you know you stand with your Union.
- Don’t spread rumors. Management sometimes initiates disinformation in order to raise doubts and create divisions. The only reliable source of information is your Union because only your Union represents your interests and no one else’s.
- Stay up to date. To stay informed on the progress of negotiations, read Voice of Action, visit www.ufcw8.org or YourBreadAndButter.com, and follow the UFCW 8 Facebook page.
- Participate in Union activities. Be ready to join a rally, distribute leaflets and handbills when called upon.
If you have any questions, contact your District Union Representative or the Union Steward.
For all of our members in all of the industries we serve, the message is the same: Solidarity does work!