United Food and Commercial Workers have reached a tentative agreement with Raley’s supermakets, ending a nine-day strike, according to a press release by union spokeswoman Ellen Anreder.
“The strike settlement guarantees when workers return to their jobs, there will be no reprisal for exercising their rights,” Anreder wrote. “They will maintain their positions, seniority and health-care eligibility and all replacements workers will be immediately discharged.”
The strike began Nov. 5, after Raley’s corporate and the UFCW Union failed to agree on a contract for Raley’s workers. The items in contention were a proposed wage freeze, elimination of premium pay for Sunday shifts and health-care benefits.
Although details of the settlement will not be released until the workers vote on the contract, the union did confirm that Raley’s agreed to retain and fund the union’s health benefit plan, the same plan agreed to by Save Mart and Safeway.
For now, Raley’s workers can get back to work.
“There is a time to fight and there is a time to unite. Now is the time for all of us to come together and get back to work serving the customers who supported our cause,” said Jacques Loveall, president of UFCW 8-Golden State.
According to Raley’s spokesman John Segale, an agreement was made between both sides and the picket lines will be cleared.
“Pickets will be all gone by noon (Tuesday),” Segale said. “An agreement was made between both sides and so off we go.”
Grass Valley Raley’s meat manager Patrick Hardy said he is glad that the health-care plan was approved by Raley’s and that the strike is over.
“It’s a great day today,” Hardy said. “That’s what we were fighting for the whole time — the benefits and health care for retirees, so we’re very happy with the agreement.”
Hardy said it was a difficult week, but he appreciates the support from employees and the community.
“We appreciate all the support from the community and I hope to see the regular customers back in the store again,” he said. “I’m just excited to get back to work.”
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“Now is the time for all of us to come together and get back to work serving the customers who supported our cause,”
— Jacques Loveall
president of UFCW 8-Golden State