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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).

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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