Breaking Down the Company’s Current Offers on the Table

Negotiation Updates

March 15th, 2022

Earlier this week, Ralphs shared some high-level information about our proposals. In today’s update, we want to go a little bit more in-depth on our wage, health care and pension proposals.

Wages, health care and pension are all components of your total compensation package – each of these investments are made by the company for your benefit. Add them all together and it’s a significant investment in you as a whole person – your financial, physical, and future wellbeing.


Compared to other retailers in California, Ralphs currently pays industry leading wages. More than 50% of Ralphs 17,000 bargaining unit associates have been with the company more than 10 years, reflecting good stable jobs. Here are some details around our wage offer:

  • Puts more money in all associates’ pockets
  • Increases top rates $.60 each year – $1.80 over the life of the contract. It’s important to note that this increase is more than what was provided in your current contract.
  • Increases for associates in wage progressions and new hires
  • Shortens the amount of time to get to the top rate
  • In comparison, the union’s proposal on wages is unrealistic. We need to balance our investments in you so we can maintain a sustainable business, reflecting good, stable jobs, and keeping groceries affordable for our customers.

Health Care Benefits

Ralphs is proposing to maintain our nearly $133 million annual investment in your industry-leading, affordable health care benefits. What does this mean for you?

  • No increases to your weekly associate contribution
  • Maintains your out-of-pocket costs
  • Opportunity to enjoy several benefit improvements
  • Top-quality, affordable health care = more money in your pocket

Ralphs associates pay about $69 a month or $828 a year in premiums for exceptional care coverage, for not only themselves, but for their family as well.

In comparison, the national average for family coverage in California is about $460 a month in premiums. Ask your family and friends what they think of your health care benefits.

Pension Benefits

Last year, Ralphs contributed about $73 million to your pension fund. The company and the union have not had any discussions on pension across the table. Here are some interesting facts and what our pension investments mean for you:

  • Pensions are rare. A pension is like a savings account that is completely funded by employer contributions.
  • Ralphs is part of the less than 7% of the Fortune 500 companies that still pay into and provide a traditional defined benefit pension plan. In other words, Ralphs associates do not contribute to their pension plan for retirement – it is fully funded by the employers.

As negotiations continue and we have more information to share, we will be providing updates through your store leader, FEED and store communication boards.

You can also visit this website 24/7 for more information.

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