CONCORD, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--UFCW Local 5 and UFCW 8-Golden State announced early Tuesday morning that Raley’s has denied a contract extension with the union, forcing negotiations to come to a halt.
“It is regrettable, after months and months of seeking concessions, Raley’s is unable to justify its claims and requests for cutbacks. This reckless game of chicken may very well lead to a labor dispute”
As a result of Raley’s actions, the unions will be scheduling meetings to discuss and vote on the company’s last, best and final offer as well as to authorize a strike.
“It is regrettable, after months and months of seeking concessions, Raley’s is unable to justify its claims and requests for cutbacks. This reckless game of chicken may very well lead to a labor dispute,” the union presidents said.
Yesterday, Save Mart announced its intent to terminate the contract effective midnight May 9. Union members at stores owned by Safeway are still covered by an ongoing extension of the previous contract. Either side may cancel this arrangement after giving notice seven days in advance.
The Solidarity Alliance partners, UFCW Locals 5, 8 and 648, have been negotiating a new contract with Raley’s/Nob Hill, Safeway/Vons and Save Mart/Lucky since last summer. All companies are proposing cutbacks in employee health benefits, elimination of health care for retirees, reductions in take-home pay and other takeaways. UFCW Local 648 doesn’t have any Raley’s stores in its jurisdiction.
The previous contract for 60,000 Union supermarket workers in Northern and Central California expired last October, but the workers have been covered by a series of extension agreements since then.