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Southern California Negotiations Update
Updated On: Oct 03, 2019

Stand Together: Southern California Negotiations

Southern CA UFCW members with Stater Bros. Ratify New Contract

We are pleased to report, UFCW members in Southern CA who work at Stater Bros. Markets have ratified a new three-year contract. The contract was overwhelmingly approved by members from all Southern California UFCW locals.

The contract provides significant wage increases, retroactive pay, wage progression improvements, advanced notice of scheduling, proper funding for health care benefits and retirement security.

Through the strength and unwavering commitment of our members, we continue to prove, Solidarity Works!


Southern CA UFCW Locals reach tentative agreements with both Stater Bros. and Retail Pharmacists

We are proud to report UFCW 8-Golden State, along with all UFCW Locals in Southern CA, have reached tentative contract agreements with both Stater Bros. and Retail Pharmacists working at Albertsons and Vons.

We believe these contracts are some of the finest we’ve negotiated. The agreements include the continuation of members health care and pension benefits, as well as meaningful wage increases.
Details about the agreements and ratification process will be delivered to members very soon.
Thank you for your continued support during the negotiations process.

Together we have proven, once again …

Solidarity Works!

UFCW Locals in Southern CA Reach a Tentative Agreement – Sept 8, 2019

UFCW 8-Golden State is proud to announce we, along with all UFCW locals in Southern CA, have reached a tentative agreement with Albertsons/Vons.

We know the road to get here has been a long one for our members. It’s their commitment to unity and solidarity, while standing up for good jobs in our community, which has been the driving force behind getting a deal our members can be proud of.

As part of a Union family, our members have a voice, and a vote, in determining their future.

Completed details of the tentative agreement will be provided to members at the contract ratification meetings. Members will have time to review the agreement and have questions answered prior to voting.

Contract ratification meetings are taking place Tuesday, Sept 10 and Wednesday, Sept 11. The voting locations below will be posted in stores.

Bakersfield Tuesday, September 10, 2019
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton
3100 Camino Del Rio Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Giovanni’s Pizza
437 Old Mammoth Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Bishop Tuesday, September 10, 2019
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express
636 N Main Street
Bishop, CA 93541
Mojave Wednesday, September 11, 2019
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mariah Country Inn & Suites
1385 Highway 58
Mojave, CA 93501
Ridgecrest Wednesday, September 11, 2019
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Clarion Inn
901 N China Lake Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

When we stand together, when we engage our coworkers, friends, families, and neighbors, we strengthen working families in our communities.

Many thanks to our members for their solidarity during this negotiation process. We are proud of the strength and determination of our members, who we are so privileged to represent.

Together, we prove again and again … Solidarity Works!


Southern CA Retail Food Negotiations Update – Aug 26, 2019

After four days of complex negotiations, beginning last week through yesterday, the employers have continued to offer insufficient wage increases, without adequately recognizing the dedication and value of our hard-working members.
We believe that one good job should be enough to provide for you and your families. The employers think one more nickel should be enough.
UFCW 8-Golden State will be holding meetings on September 10th and 11th to vote to accept or reject the employers’ final offer. District Union Representatives will be in stores with more information on meeting dates and locations. UFCW Locals have also filed unfair labor practice charges against both companies. Complete details will be provided at the meetings.
In the meantime, customer mobilization will continue next week as we fight for better jobs and better service for California’s families. Thousands of customers have already shown their support, and we’re not done yet.
Remain united, and together we will prove Solidarity Works!


Southern CA Negotiations Update – August 2, 2019

Negotiations wrapped up this week with management giving proposals on wages, pension, and health care. The reality is, their current proposals do not reflect the hard work and dedication of our members.

We know you are increasingly feeling the pressure of understaffing, unpredictable schedules, and low wages, and your employers’ current proposals are significantly less than what you deserve.

We must continue to engage our co-workers, stores, communities, and customers and increase the pressure on your companies. If your fellow Union co-workers are interested in receiving updates, they can text “ufcw8.members” to 77948 to sign up for text message updates (message & data rates may apply).

We will continue negotiating for a contract which ensures all Union supermarket jobs at are good jobs.

We will not settle for anything less than what you deserve. Working together, we will prove ... Solidarity Works!


Southern CA Retail Food Negotiation Update – July 22, 2019

Negotiations last week centered around wages and scheduling issues. The hard work and dedication our members bring to customers and stores every day deserves to be recognized with a contract protecting their healthcare, wages, and the ability to provide the very best customer service.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume July 30 thru August 1. Much progress is needed to achieve a contract that reflects our members’ value.

To receive text message negotiation updates, please text UFCW8.members to 77948 (message & data rates may apply).

In the meantime, continue talking to your coworkers and communities about the impact the companies’ unreasonable proposals will have on customer service and the shopping experience. The support we have received shows customers are willing to stand up for good jobs in our communities.

Remain united and together we will prove Solidarity Works!


Southern CA Retail Food Negotiations Update - July 13, 2019

Negotiations wrapped up this week with discussions on how the companies’ proposals will impact your healthcare and wages. While we exchanged proposals across the table, we remain far apart on major issues. Simply put, their proposals are inadequate.

These companies continue to undervalue your knowledge, commitment, and service to the customers that makes them so successful, they are seeing tremendous profit and corporate executives are receiving sizeable salary increases.

By joining together, we have the power to make meaningful jobs for all workers at Albertsons and Vons. Standing together with your coworkers over the past several weeks have been seen by the company and felt by in our communities. Everything you have done will help you get the contract that you deserve.  

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 by texting ufcw8.members to 77948.

Together we will prove, Solidarity Works!



Southern CA Retail Food Negotiations Update - June 26, 2019
On Monday and Tuesday this week, UFCW members in Southern California voted overwhelmingly to approve potential economic actions against Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons if negotiations fail to produce a fair contract.

The most recent contract expired in early March, and grocery workers have been working under an extension, without a new contract, since then.

Here are the facts:
• Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons reaped enormous tax breaks from recent tax cuts.
• Ralphs reported significant profits last year and gave executives sizeable raises.
• Albertsons/Vons paid investors around a quarter of a billion dollars.

After all of this, the companies are only offering their employees:
• Wage increases of less than 1%
• Cashier wages slashed by nearly 25%
• Putting the health care plan at risk of bankruptcy

“The employers must realize any agreement must also provide for our members,” UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall said. "Our members' hard work keeps these stores operational and makes these companies profitable."

Negotiations are scheduled to resume on July 10.

If you have any questions, please contact your District Union Representative immediately.

Continue supporting your Union bargaining team. Together, we will prove…

Solidarity Works!



Southern California Strike Authorization Vote Scheduled on
June 24th and 25th

Negotiations continue this week in Southern California, however, progress has been minimal. The UFCW locals in Southern CA have scheduled a vote of the affected members in Southern California to authorize a strike, if necessary.

Why a strike authorization vote?

The companies are delaying negotiations and demanding takeaways, such as:

•  Cutting top-rate for GM clerks;
•  Slashing wages for checkers;
•  Wage increases for other workers of only 20 cents, less than 1%;
•  Put healthcare plan at risk of bankruptcy.

All this when corporate executives are giving themselves substantial raises and paying out millions to investors.

What does a Strike Authorization vote mean?

It means we give the power to call a strike, if necessary, to the negotiators at the table.

Authorization does not mean we go on strike right away. Authorization does show the companies we are united in our demand for a fair, balanced contract which respects our contribution to their success, and we are prepared to fight, if necessary.

What’s next?

Votes will be held on Monday, June 24th and Tuesday, June 25th. Results will be announced after all the votes are tallied. It is critical for every member to participate and vote in this important process.

It’s time for the companies to get serious about a fair deal.

Remain united and together we will prove ... Solidarity Works!



Southern California Retail Food Negotiations Update – June 5, 2019

Southern California negotiations resumed this week. The companies' proposals continue to fall short of adequately addressing the needs of our members. They fail to properly fund the medical plan and lack any offer to secure pension benefits.

Additional meetings are scheduled next week. A considerable amount of progress is necessary before we can reach an agreement which could be recommended to our members.

“Our hard-working members make these companies profitable,” President Jacques Loveall said. “They deserve to share in the companies' successes.”

We will keep you informed as we move forward. Continue supporting your co-workers, remain united and we will prove...

Solidarity Works!



Southern California Retail Food Negotiations Update – May 25, 2019

Retail Food Negotiations continued in Southern California this week. We have a great deal of ground to cover to properly fund the medical and pension benefits, while also providing meaningful wages increases to our members.

The companies gained enormous tax relief this year while executives received sizable raises. We believe our members are also entitled to substantial increases.

“The employers must recognize an agreement needs to reward the hard work and commitment of our members," said President Jacques Loveall, "It’s our members’ efforts on the front lines of their stores which make these companies successful."

The determination and solidarity of our members continue to have an impact on bargaining. If you have any questions, contact your District Union Representative and we will keep you informed as negotiations continue.

Remain united, support your Union bargaining team in word and deed, and together we will prove …

Solidarity Works!



Southern California Retail Food Negotiations Update, April 2019

Negotiations with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons continued last week. Discussions have been centered around scheduling and wage issues. Much work remains to be done and bargaining resumes next week with additional dates in May.  

Lack of significant progress in negotiations has led to asking federal mediators to participate in future bargaining sessions. “We believe our members are entitled to meaningful wage increases for their hard work,” said Jacques Loveall, UFCW 8-Golden State President.

We need to continue demonstrating the seriousness of these negotiations and prevent the company from delaying. Member solidarity and support is an essential part of these negotiations.  We will keep you informed as negotiations continue.

In the meantime, stay strong, stay united, and always remember, Solidarity Works!

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