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Rite Aid Workers Positioned To Strike

Inland Empire Rite Aid workers are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1167.

Rite Aid workers throughout Southern California were urged today 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," a United Food and Commercial Workers statement said.

Rite Aid workers represented by the UFCW will gather at dozens of locations between Kern County and the Mexican border between today and 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.

The call for a rejection's 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).

BLUESGUITAR777 July 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Ugh.... Unions... *rolls eyes in disgust* As a former Union member as well as being an ex-employee for a major Heath Insurance provider let me tell you that these cuts are not the fault of Rite-Aid so much as it is the Obama administration. Before you jump me hear me out because I KNOW what I'm talking about. Due to Government forcing free preventive visits and care as well as free this and that it is the health insurance providers that are eating the cost of the visits/care rendered. The doctors and providers still submit their claims and get paid by the insurance company. So to cover the insurance companies' losses they have upped the premiums for employers and unions. Trust me when I say they haves upped the premiums... Significantly and absurdly.
BLUESGUITAR777 July 26, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Here's where my big beef lies with unions though... Instead of the union executives, bosses and representatives taking a hit in their ridiculously sky high salaries/bonuses and just working with the stores by covering the increases they simply tell the hard working innocent union employees that it is the stores (ie Rite-Aid) that are the bad guys and to stop working and go on strike. Union members on strike get paid hardly anything while on strike while the lying union bosses/execs sit in their comfy offices with no change in pay whatsoever. They dont want to negotiate with the stores at all. They want the stores to absorb the costs so the Union bosses and execs dont take any pay cuts. Unions are evil and need to be outlawed and furthermore ObamaCare needs to be repealed. That's how it works ladies and gentlemen, rather you like it or believe it or not. I have many years experience in both unions and healthcare so this ain't my first rodeo.
Roberto July 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Yes, it amazing the Patch allows him to continue his juvenile postings. On another note, Nobama care will allow the taxpayers to make up the difference but the company can keep the Union from going exempt from nobama care. The taxpayers will pick up the tab in this bait and switch plan is how it appears to myself..
Anon July 27, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I think he is some teenager who doesnt get enough attention from his parents.
Dog July 27, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Popeye is a typical liberal, really, these people really do think that way...
Cat July 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
PEOPLE! PEOPLE! ATTENTION! Somebody already posted on here that this boy is mentally challenged. For you guys to even recognize him is like giving heroin to a baby. Would you do that? NO I don't think you would! So as aggrevating as this handicapped person is, please try to ignore him. Maybe if no one plays his games, he will go else where or seek some professional help. Some food for thought.....
Mark July 27, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Go ahead and strike and when Rite Aid goes bankrupt and you lose your jobs you will only have yourselves to blame. Better yet try the tactic striking Rite Aid workers in Ohio did last year in telling customers to transfer their prescriptions to CVS...prescriptions that Rite Aid likely never got back. Now that is company loyalty if I ever saw it - not! I for one will be shopping at Rite Aid even more than usual if you go on strike, I will buy everything short of clothing there. Unions do a face a dilemna here though, it won't help re-elect your dear leader Obama if the nation's third largest pharmacy chain goes out of business putting hundreds of thousands out of work a month before the election. You might want to rethink that strike.
Mark July 27, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Go ahead and strike and when Rite Aid goes bankrupt and you lose your jobs you will only have yourselves to blame. Better yet try the tactic striking Rite Aid workers in Ohio did last year in telling customers to transfer their prescriptions to CVS...prescriptions that Rite Aid likely never got back. Now that is company loyalty if I ever saw it - not! I for one will be shopping at Rite Aid even more than usual if you go on strike, I will buy everything short of clothing there. Unions do a face a dilemna here though, it won't help reelect your dear leader Obama if the nation's third largest pharmacy chain goes out of business putting hundreds of thousands out of work a month before the election. You might want to rethink that strike.
Anon July 27, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Roberto LOL
Anon July 27, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Why do you need a union to protect you to stock shelves and scoop ice cream?
andy July 27, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Not all Unions are alike. Some are very committed to their members; others have been co-opted by management do little to further the interests of their members. As usual it's not like Corporate Management in the USA is some dumb victim: with the rise if the unions and their power base, Corporate American has deployed all sorts of counter strategies, including and not limited to setting up Fake Unions, union busting, spreading disinformation, and illegally penalizing those workers who try to unionize, as well as trying to affect legislation to make union activities more difficult. If workers want to organize, then all the power to them. I support you guys if you are reading. Unions were a remedy to out of control labor practices and abuses. If you work at a great place that takes care of you in exchange for your commitment where you feel fairly compensated for your contribution to the business then obviously who needs a union.
andy July 27, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Republicans are always talking about how the RICH are the job creators, lol, they are NOT interested in creating jobs, they're interested in making more Money. There is little nobility in pursuing wealth as an end in itself. Making Rich people Richer has nothing to do with job creation as we have learned from BAIN Capital! We have to make the jobs we already have matter. I'm sick of the US subsiding these businesses indirectly by making up for their failure to pay a living wage or offer adequate health insurance which means these people end up in Hospital Emergency Rooms and on Food stamps and Public Assistance even while working low paying f/t jobs. These low paid workers are easy targets for you guys, must be fun kicking people around while they're down.
julie dawson July 27, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Julian/Andy you kick the poor around everyday, then you come on here like some good guy looking out for the poors as you often call them. Go to bed Hipocrite.
andy July 27, 2012 at 08:38 AM
Julian? Oh, please don't confuse me with someone else shows you're paranoid. I'm sorry that you ignorant trailer living republicans like living in the gutter and calling it paradise. Funny how you are always claiming not to be racists like it's some knee jerk confession while deploying your usual stereotypes of the welfare mom, anchor baby, or libtard as you say so often. Please don't try to lump me in with you hate mongers. I'm the one for tolerance. I was writing in support of these workers. Who are you? Why are you against them? What did they do against you? You just like being a female dog? Afraid somehow that if they get more you might get less? How Primitive is your thinking?
andy July 27, 2012 at 08:57 AM
Are you kidding me. You're speaking about a whole trail of transactions between many different interests and entities in this scenario of yours: Doctors, hospitals, insuranceCompanies, Employers, ACA, Unions and somehow you conveniently lay it all at feet of the UNIONS?? Are you kidding me? The first three on the list, Doctors, Insurance Companys, Hospitals, aka the heath care business, is where the money is going. These are powerful interests and if it the employees that suffer it is failure of the Obama administration for caving into these very rich lobbies that work in the interest of Doctors hospitals and insurance. There is some 200 billion dollars in unnecessary medical procedure each year. We all already spend 8000 dollars a year per person for medical cost, more than Germany, France, Norway, but we get less for our money and not everyone is covered because it's wasted on all sorts of things which is what happens when you mix Health and Business. So these 200 billion in unnecessary procedures, Well who do you think is ordering these procedures and guess who profits. How can you be so blind. You really are twisted.
Danielle Hall July 27, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Will that work if we ignore you...will you go away?
julie dawson July 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Thank you Andy/Julian for proving me right, and thank you for your tolerance LOL. Now you keep defending those poors as you call them, thank god they have a nice man like you looking out for them. LMAO.
Martha L. Bridges July 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
You always have something negative to say about ANYTHING President Obama has done. You are so blinded by your dislike and disrespect for the man that you can't see or appreciate the vast good he has done in so many areas.
Anon July 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
He is the same person. I can tell by his posts. Sort of funny actually!
Anon July 27, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Martha I am sure you have nothing good to say about Bush or Reagan or any other republican president so why is it so different if we do not like Obama. If the guy was doing great, I would admit it and say, hey, I didnt think he had the tools ,but look what he did. I didnt mind the Clinton years too much, never had anything bad to say about him except for his infidelity on Hillary. I thought it was sad actually. Obama is failing miserably and no one seems to admit it. He is a job killer and we need someone stronger. I wish you had a good strong candidate other than him. We are in a world of trouble. You no longer work and most likely have a pension and SSI. The rest of us still need to work and put a roof over our heads and I am still supporting one child in college. Its not easy right now for anyone. I have watching my company downsize so much in the past 3 years, its scary. We need to have some sort of job security. I never worried about jobs more than I have in the past 3 years. These are scary times. I know the man is campaigning because thats what he has to do, but he really needs to meet with the jobs counsel and put americans back to work!
David Pereira July 27, 2012 at 07:29 PM
What exactly did we learn from Bain? Enlighten me
Diana July 27, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The GS Technologies plant that Barack Obama has used to attack Mitt Romney was scheduled to be closed if Romney and his colleagues hadn’t bought the plant and tried to help turn it around. In 1993, GS Technologies, a company Bain Capital had invested in, purchased a struggling Kansas City steel plant from Armco. Prior to this investment, Armco announced plans to close the Kansas City plant if a buyer could not be found. This investment – and $170 million in upgrades – kept the Kansas City plant competitive in a tough international market and saved the steel workers’ jobs for eight years. Two years after Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, the GS Technologies plant was closed because of foreign steel dumping into the U.S. market. Thirty-one other steel companies declared bankruptcy during the same period. During his three and a half years in office, President Obama has consistently failed to take the steps necessary to protect American manufacturing from unfairly-subsidized Chinese imports. On day one, President Romney will designate China a currency manipulator and take the steps necessary to make American manufacturing competitive again.
WorkingMom July 28, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I am part of a huge union and we had negotiations this year. I actually went and attended bargaining until 3 am. It was interesting and now I am pro union. So, it must be true when they say not all unions are the same. Obama or not, this country was bound to hit a recession, even I saw it coming. Let's face, in a few years there will be no middle class, just rich and poor. They are killing the middle class right now because they expect us to pick up the tabs for those who can't. Sucks.
WorkingMom July 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
The latest is putting gps in all cars in California so that they can tax us based on miles driven, low income of course it will not affect. Just the middle class. The ones who commute to the better jobs but can't afford to live near them. It is almost a punishment to work. My car isn't what is destroying the roads, it is the huge trucks; that probably belong to large companies. They should pay. And they should pay for all the windshields they break.
Anon July 28, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Well yes and no. The price of gas is killing those trucking companies too. Remember they bring the items to the stores you shop at, if they tax them, they will pass the cost on to the consumer. A mileage tax is such a bad idea.

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