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.
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