Retail Food Negotiations 2022 Updates

Update on 4/4 

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Breaking Alert

Tentative Agreement Reached on Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Ralphs Contract

Your UFCW bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs.

This historic agreement is the direct result of your actions, delegations, conversations with co-workers and customers, and ultimately, your decision to fight for the contract you deserve.

This member-led deal would not have been possible without the strength of the 60,000 members behind us at the table.

Important Reminders

  • This is a TENTATIVE AGREEMENT and is not final until you vote to accept it.
  • We will be scheduling vote days, times, and locations shortly. Please look out for updates from your Local union. 
  • Your determination to stand up to the unfair labor practices that would undermine workers’ power to get a good contract made this possible. Please know that standing up for our rights works.

Next Steps
UFCW staff from all over the country are being sent in to assist with ratification votes. Your solidarity and victory here sends a message to workers everywhere– that essential workers have earned and deserve a better life

Full details of the agreement will be provided to members as soon as possible. Thank you for all that you do and have done to get the contract you deserve.

 

 

Update on 4/2

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Breaking Alert

Tentative Agreement Reached on Stater Bros. Contract While Ralphs, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions Violate Workers’ Rights

Your UFCW bargaining team has negotiated an agreement with Stater Bros. that recognizes the hard work and dedication of their employees.

While we are scheduling votes to ratify this historic agreement, it’s frustrating that Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions have been disrespectful at the bargaining table and have barely budged in their offer.

Their (in)action at the table demonstrates that these companies are not interested in negotiating the fair contract that you truly deserve.

Both companies continue to play games at the bargaining table while committing unlawful practices that violate your legal rights as a worker.

A strike is always a last resort, but Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions undermining your ability to get a fair contract will force a labor dispute. It is crucial that you are prepared.

You might see some new faces in some of your stores over the next few days. UFCW reps from all over the country are coming in to offer their support when it comes to taking action and getting results.

Please reach out to your union rep or steward if you have any questions.

Here is a list of all the federal charges we have filed against Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions 

  • Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions have been offering workers bonuses instead of bargaining for wage increases at the bargaining table, a form of direct dealing.
  • Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions has been unlawfully surveilling workers who have been protesting low wages and short hours, trying to prevent those employees from getting their message out to the public.
  • Ralphs has refused to provide critical information requested and needed for negotiations.
  • Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions has been intimidating members by telling them they cannot discuss union activity.
  • Ralphs has been outsourcing food preparation work to ‘ghost kitchens’ run by non-union outside companies.

 

Update on 3/26

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Breaking Alert for all Ralphs, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions Clerks and Pharmacists:

ULP STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES

Over the past week, you and your fellow Ralphs, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions members have made your voice heard by overwhelmingly voting to authorize your bargaining committee, made up of your union and fellow co-workers, to call for a strike if needed. Should your employers continue committing unfair labor practices (ULP’s) like conducting unlawful surveillance of workers protesting or refusing to implement wage increases as required by your contract, to name a few, then we must take action. 

You and your coworkers have shown incredible strength during negotiations, and your vote sends a strong message to these companies that you have earned and deserve better. 

Your customers and communities know how essential you are and it’s time for your employers to recognize that too.

What does this mean?
This vote prepares all of us to take action if the companies continue to commit unfair labor practices that undermine your ability to get the wages and benefits you need. 

A strike is always a last resort, and we will continue to push for the companies to do the right thing and come to the table prepared to bargain in good faith. 

A representative from your union will notify workers if a decision is made to strike.

AGAIN: DO NOT WALK OUT UNTIL YOUR UNION NOTIFIES YOU. If you walk out before that, you can be disciplined and/or fired by your employer.

You will always be the first to know if we are taking action. There will be opportunities to attend member meetings, calls, or trainings, where you can ask questions and feel confident about standing up for your rights and standing together. 

If the companies force us to take action, we will have strike benefit funds available to support our members. 

Next Steps
We are set to meet with Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions again on March 30th and will keep you updated as bargaining progresses. We look forward to reaching a fair agreement within a reasonable time. 

You deserve to be treated with respect, to have the wages you need to live in the communities you serve, and to receive the benefits and protections you are entitled to without unlawful intimidation or surveillance. You deserve a fair contract, now.

 

Update on 3/11/22
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The first negotiations meeting with Stater Bros. ended yesterday with your union bargaining team presenting a proposal that addresses the issues that matter most to you– fair wage increases, improved safety and security and better staffing. We have future meetings set and we will keep you updated on our progress.

The strength and commitment of members like you is what makes Stater Bros. successful and by standing together, we will show our strength at the bargaining table.

Update on 3/7/22
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When we began negotiations with Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions in January, we came prepared with comprehensive proposals and a clear path toward negotiating a contract that reflects your value and the sacrifices you have made.

We are disheartened to inform you that Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions squandered the unique opportunity to propose a contract with better wages and benefits in a time of immense profit. They have failed. 

Your contract expired at midnight without a new agreement in place. 

Although your contract has expired, all terms and conditions of the contract remain in effect. 

In just a few short weeks, we collected thousands of petitions calling for a contract that addresses the issues that matter to you the most. Your bargaining committee delivered those petitions to the company at the table today and shared stories about losing co-workers and loved ones from COVID, not being able to afford rent or take care of their families, feeling harassed and over exposed in the stores, and ultimately, not feeling like their company truly values them. 

We have also presented numerous proposals with fair wage increases, better health benefits, and contract language that protects you and your coworkers, but there is a major disconnect between the value of the wage proposals that the companies are offering and what you as an essential worker deserve. 

These employers’ actions over the past several days show that they do not respect your hard work and sacrifice.

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Charges Filed against Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions
We have filed legal charges against Ralphs with the federal government’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for violating labor laws by surveilling, intimidating, and interfering with employees for engaging in union activity.

We have also filed legal charges against Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions for refusing to disclose information we have requested in order to bargain your contract.

Upcoming Strike Authorization Votes for Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions Clerks and Pharmacists 
Each Local is preparing strike authorization votes for you to make the decision to stand together against these unfair labor practices that undermine your power at the bargaining table. We will send out notices and more information soon.

For Stater Bros. Members
This past Friday, we filed NLRB charges against Stater Bros. after hearing from many of you that store managers violated labor law by circulating surveys with questions about bargaining and for delaying negotiations (both unfair labor practices). After numerous requests for Stater Bros. to meet with us to begin negotiations, we finally have our first meeting scheduled for March 10th and will keep you updated as things progress.

For Gelson’s Members
Gelson’s negotiations began Friday, February 25th with your union committee presenting and explaining our proposal. We have requested more meeting dates and will keep you updated.

For Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions Pharmacists
We met this past Wednesday and have additional bargaining dates scheduled for March 11th and 14th. Please stand by for more updates as negotiations continue.

We know you are essential. Your customers and communities know you are too. Now it’s time to let the company know just how essential you are. One of the most powerful ways we can build a better life is by standing together, saying enough is enough, and fighting as one.  

 

Update on 3/4/22

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Breaking Alert for all Stater Bros. Members

We have filed legal charges against Stater Bros. with the federal government’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after hearing from many of you that store managers are circulating surveys with questions about bargaining and trying to bypass your right to union representation. 

When management directly approaches and deals with workers about bargaining your contract, that is by definition an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP).

If you, or any of your coworkers have been approached by management to fill out a survey or talk about contract negotiations, please let your union rep know immediately.

Part of the value of being in a union is that you have the right to representation on any and all issues that impact you in the workplace — from wages and benefits, to working conditions, staffing levels, and store safety — and no employer has the right to take that away from you or bypass your legal right to union representation.

Additionally, for more than a month, we have been asking Stater Bros. to send over meeting dates so we can begin negotiating your new contract. We have been ready for months to address the issues that matter most to you and your coworkers.

We understand it is upsetting and confusing when — instead of coming to the table to negotiate a contract with your bargaining team like we have been asking them to do — the company decides to engage in delay tactics and play games with last-minute surveys and side-conversations in the stores.

Because of these unfortunate delay tactics, it is not our intent to sign an extension of the current contract, set to expire March 6th. The terms of your current contract will remain in effect after March 6th. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your union rep.

We have again reached out to Stater Bros. to meet with us immediately to begin negotiations on your contract and have our first meeting scheduled for March 10th. We look forward to discussing a contract with the fair wages essential workers like you deserve and will keep you updated.

Update on 3/3/22

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Contract negotiations with Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs are continuing through the weekend. We will send a comprehensive update from the bargaining table after discussions wrap for the week on March 6th, which is also the date your current contract is set to expire.

In the meantime, however, we want to let you know about the tremendous support from the community for the member-led actions happening at Ralphs and Vons stores all this week: 

Upcoming Actions
Tomorrow, March 4th, members from Locals 1167 and 1428 will be at the Fontana Ralphs store and Local 770 members will be at the La Crescenta Vons location. We look forward to seeing you there as we continue engaging customers and the community about the importance of fair wages for essential workers. 

When you get involved, whether it’s attending actions, signing a petition, or just staying informed and talking to your co-workers, your engagement is what helps us negotiate the better wages and benefits you deserve. That’s why it’s so important to stay informed.

In the Meantime
We know the strength and commitment of members like you is what makes these companies successful and by standing together, we will get a great contract. So please, talk to your steward, union rep, reach out to your co-workers and remember, essential workers like you deserve fair wages and a strong union contract. 

 

 

Update on 2/24/22

What Happened At The Table This Week With Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs
Discussions with Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs this week have been fairly productive. We’ve addressed some contract language items on workplace conditions and are just beginning discussions on wages. Both sides remain committed to working towards a solution in a timely manner, however, the real conversations regarding wages, progression scales, and benefits are just beginning.

For Gelson’s and Stater Bros. Members
Gelson’s negotiations begin Friday February 25 and we are still waiting for Stater Brothers to send dates to meet.

What We’re Fighting For
From conversations with you in the stores, to surveys and feedback from your stewards, we have heard your concerns and needs. Whether it’s inflation, cost-of-living increases, understaffing in your stores or high turnover and unfair scheduling, we know it takes a lot to run a grocery store and provide for your families, and you have more than stepped up to get it done.

That’s why we are unified at all tables and have made it clear that you are essential, not only to the survival and success of your stores, but to your customers and communities as well. You have earned a contract that addresses the issues that matter most to you:

  • Fair wages for essential workers
  • Improved safety and security  
  • Better staffing for better service
  • Stable and predictable scheduling 
  • Enough hours and shorter wage progressions 
  • Elimination of two-tier pay and vacation schedule 
  • Improved medical benefits

Next Negotiation Dates
We will be back at the negotiation table with Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs from March 1 – 6 and will email out another coordinated bargaining update at the end of negotiations on the 6th, which is also the day the contract is set to expire. 

In the meantime, you should see petitions circulating in your stores, please sign and get your coworkers involved. Our unity and strength in numbers is what will secure a contract that you can be proud of. Whether it’s a petition or a rally, sharing updates or direct action, our power at the table comes from you and your coworkers standing together and taking action.

Thank you for all that you do to make our stores and communities better. 

Join the Store Action on February 28, 2022
WHEN: February 28, 2022
11 AM – 1 PM
WHERERALPHS 13321 Jamboree Rd.
Tustin, CA 92782

 

Update on 2/11/22

The first in-person negotiations between Albertsons/Vons and Ralphs and your bargaining committee – made up of your fellow coworkers and UFCW Local Unions 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, 1442, and 8GS – ended this week with numerous proposals exchanged and many productive discussions over the past two days. However, after much dialogue and back and forth, there is still a lot of work ahead.

We remain committed to winning a historic contract that recognizes your sacrifices and the value you bring to California communities.

A contract that:

  • Provides pay that reflects your work
  • Improves safety & security
  • Provides sufficient staff to serve your customers
  • Offers enough hours and shorter wage progressions
  • Eliminates two-tier holiday schedule, vacation schedule, and Sunday pay
  • Improves medical benefits

The strength and commitment of the 60,000 UFCW members represented in this contract is what makes these companies highly profitable and by standing together, we will win the great contract you have earned.

We will meet again with the Companies on February 22, 23, and 24 and will continue to keep you informed.

Join the worker action on February 28th! Click here for more information and let us know you’re coming! 

Update on 2/9/22

The SoCal grocery contract will expire on March 6th. Stater Bros. has not responded to multiple requests for negotiation dates. We are calling on the company to not delay and begin the bargaining process now! Together we must show Stater Bros. that we stand in solidarity for a contract that recognizes essential workers. Hear from our union sister Brittannie Gulley, representing UFCW 324!

El contrato de los supermercados del Sur de Cal se vence el 6 de  Marzo. Stater Bros. no ha respondido a las múltiples solicitudes de fechas para negociación.¡ Hacemos un llamado a la compañía para que comience las negociación ahora! Juntos debemos mostrar a Stater Bros. que estamos unidos por un contrato que reconozca a los trabajadores esenciales. ¡ Unas palabras de parte de nuestra hermana de la unión Brittannie Gulley, por parte de UFCW324!

Update on 1/28/22

The 2022 UFCW 324 Bargaining Committee:
Brian Baxley, Albertsons Member
Cristal Eilers, Albertsons Member
Laura Hernandez, Vons Member
Yvonne Schroeder, Vons Member
Steve Manzanares, Ralphs Member
Pio Figueroa, Ralphs Member
Allen Finley, Ralphs Member
Erlene Molina, Ralphs