Today, in response to Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons unreasonable proposals on wages and benefits, thousands of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) members in southern California voted in favor of future store actions against the companies should negotiations fail to produce a fair contract. The most recent contract expired in March after Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons refused to recognize the value its employees add to their stores.
The companies’ unreasonable proposals include:
• Putting healthcare plans at risk of bankruptcy
• Wage increases of less than 1%, far below the cost of living
• Slashing cashier wages by nearly 25%
Ralphs earned nearly $2 billion in profits last year and gave executives raises of 19-34% while Albertsons/Vons paid investors a quarter billion dollars in cash. Additionally, Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons reaped nearly $2 billion in tax breaks from the recent Trump tax cut.
But Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons are proposing that their employees, who keep the doors open, the customers coming back, and the profits rolling in, deserve less and have moved forward with unreasonable proposals for employees’ wages and benefits.
Negotiations resume July 10th.