Picket lines at Raley’s and Nob Hill
This Monday morning is extra hard for our union brothers and sisters who work for Raley’s and Nob Hill grocery stores. After negotiations broke down over the weekend, the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) have gone out on strike after 15 long months of negotiating in good faith while fending off management takeaways to employee wages, health and welfare benefits, and retiree health care.
Currently, the strike affects only Raley’s and Nob Hill stores because employees at Bel Air stores (part of the Raley’s corporation and family of grocery stores) have not yet taken a strike vote, but it is assumed they will follow suit and also authorize a strike. Raley’s management executives are urging employees to resign from their union and they are threatening employees who support their union and this job action, and today they are even trying to intimidate workers into crossing the picket line.
Union attorneys filed charges of “unfair labor practices” against the company on Nov. 1, citing violations of laws prohibiting harassment and intimidation of Union members. They have tried to circumvent the Union’s authority as a bargaining agent, and have used “regressive bargaining” — submitting proposals that are worse than previous offers. The Union also charged that Raley’s was unlawfully threatening to implement changes to the parties’ collective bargaining agreements.
Many of you are loyal Raley’s customers. SCTA shops at our local Raley’s for food and meeting supplies. But we will not be shopping there until they reach a fair contract settlement with their employees. Many of us know employees of Raley’s and want to support them. We should support them! We should support them today by walking with them on their picket line as they stand up to Raley’s desperate union-busting tactics! This will not be an easy fight for the union but the best way we can support them and bring this job action to a quick and successful conclusion is to boycott all Raley’s stores.
SCTA is a union! We are union members and uphold union values!
Please show your solidarity and support to our striking union sisters and brothers by not shopping at Raley’s, Nob Hill and Bel Air stores until a settlement is reached!