Rite Aid Workers Urged to Back Strike Authorization

UFCW members will meet at locations between Kern County and the Mexican border until Monday.

Rite Aid workers throughout Southern California, including those in the Los Angeles Westside and South Bay, were urged Thursday to reject their employer’s latest contract proposal and authorize union leaders to call a strike.

“A strong vote against the proposals will give union leaders authority to call a strike if a labor action becomes necessary to negotiate a fair contract with Rite Aid,” said a United Food and Commercial Workers statement.

Rite Aid workers represented by the UFCW will gather at dozens of locations between Kern County and the Mexican border through Monday to learn about Rite Aid’s proposals, then vote on whether to accept them, the statement said, accusing Rite Aid of seeking 34 concessions, including “devastating cuts in health care benefits.”

“A vote to reject the proposals and authorize a strike would push Rite Aid’s management toward negotiating an agreement the workers can ratify,” it said.

Results of the voting will be announced on July 31, according to marketwatch.com.

The call for a rejection of the company’s proposal was directed at workers represented by seven UFCW locals—local 1442 (Santa Monica, Westwood, El Segundo and South Bay); local 1428 (Pomona and Claremont area); local 324 (Orange County and Long Beach area); local 1167 (Inland Empire); local 135 (San Diego and Imperial Counties); local 770 (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties); and UFCW 8-Golden State (Northern and Central California, plus Kern, Inyo and Mono counties).

Rite Aid posted a $28.1 million loss on $6.46 billion in revenues in Q2 of this year, compared to a $63.1 million loss on $6.39 billion in revenues for Q2 of 2011, according to the San Diego Daily Transcript.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

gerrymulligan July 27, 2012 at 03:14 AM
i thought rite aid was going out of business? so i thought
Luis July 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Revenue does not equate with profits. You can have less revenue and still make a huge profit. Those corporations are tricky so always look behind the numbers. If you walk in to any Rite Aid they are usually understaffed and the shelves are always in need of restocking. Employees usually have multiple tasks to do. Ever try to get someone to wait on you at the ice cream counter?
Craig McCoy July 28, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Fire all of them. Plenty of people need jobs with CA unemployment at over 12%
Troy Lee July 29, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I was Union about 30 years ago. There are three plants in near proximity to each other where I worked. two of those plants went out on strike. They have never made back the money that that was lost durring the strikes. The people at the plant where I worked de-certified the Union around 1980 and we are paid about the same wage as the Union plants. When things slow down the Union guys are laid off and the non union "Scabs" keep the lights on. Our plant also has a much higher profit margin because we have a vested interest in the company. We are also not seeing our union dues going to support candidates that support job killing legislation.
Troy Lee July 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
You are absolutely right in that revenue does not directly relate to profit. There really is no trick to it. To stay in business you have to sell your product for more than it costs to produce and or bring to the consumer. If you do not sell for more than cost you either have a crappy goverment subsidized good or service or go out of business and some one else makes your product.


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