Current Proposals Invest $108 Million in New Money on Wages, Health Care and Pension

Bargaining for your new contract will continue over the next few days. We look forward to continuing our discussions with union negotiators and coming together on a contract that confirms our commitment to our associates, bolsters Ralphs long-term success and sustains our continued presence in Southern California.

Our goal is a fair and balanced contract that recognizes you for your hard work. Here are some facts for you to consider on our current proposals.

  • Ralphs is investing more than $108 million in new money in wages, health care and pension over the three-year term of the contract. This is above and beyond what we currently spend today.
  • Wages are just one part of your total compensation, which also includes investments in your health care benefits and a pension when you retire.
  • The union has been downplaying our offers on wages. What does another nickel really mean? Every additional nickel above our current wage offer means $3.6 million over the three-year term of the contract. A nickel is a significant investment!
  • We are proposing no changes to your health care coverage and no changes to your premiums. And, we are investing additional money to keep your pension stable and secure.

We believe our proposals represent a balanced investment in you and Ralph’s future. As negotiations progress this week, we’ll continue to keep you updated.

You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for your patience in this process. We appreciate all that you do for our customers, communities and each other.

Ralphs and Union Continue to Meet on New Contract

As you know, negotiations are continuing this week with the company and union bargaining committees. Over the last few days, the parties exchanged proposals on wages and health care and have had some meaningful discussions.

We are continuing to bargain in good faith and are committed to an agreement that will help ensure that Ralph’s remains a place where people choose to work and where our communities choose to shop.

We want to reach a balanced contract – one that recognizes you for your hard work, including fair pay, affordable health care coverage and a secure pension when you retire.

  • We have offered top-rate increases that are higher than what we provided in our last agreement, which union members voted and ratified in 2016.
  • We have proposed to renew the Minimum Wage Letter, which benefits associates who are currently employed and at minimum wage.
  • We have offered to maintain your current generous health care coverage without any benefit changes or increases to your contributions.
  • We have proposed to secure and stabilize your pension for retirement.

We are all on the same team and we want the same thing: a thriving company that can employ people with fair pay and great benefits.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we have information to share. We have more bargaining dates scheduled next week.

You can visit www.ralphscba.com to get updates. You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for your patience in this process. We appreciate all that you do for our customers, communities and each other.

Company and Union Bargaining Committees to Meet August 12-14

The company and union will return to the bargaining table next week August 12-14.

We are hopeful that we will continue to make progress toward reaching an agreement that is good for you – our associates – and the company too.

We want to reach a fair and balanced contract – one that recognizes you for your hard work, including good pay, affordable health care coverage and a secure pension when you retire.

We hope the union agrees that we can get a good contract again by working together.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we have information to share next week.

You can check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for your patience in this process. We appreciate all that you do for our customers, communities and each other.

Ralphs Continues to Meet with Union Locals

Thank you for your continued focus on your job and our customers through this negotiation process. Our goal is to keep you updated as we meet with the union. As you know, we started another round of bargaining with the union this week.

As we indicated in our update earlier this week, we ended our last sessions with some positive momentum. This week we continued to discuss language proposals and exchanged counter proposals on wages, health care and pension.

As we have said all along, negotiations can be a long process and take time. Bargaining is about finding areas of agreement, working toward reasonable solutions and compromising where both parties can.

No doubt, we will continue to have robust and lively discussions and there will be differences of opinion between the union and company bargaining teams. That’s the process. We have reached good agreements with the union before. We hope the union agrees that we can get a good contract again by working together.

In the end, it is about coming to a fair and balanced contract that is good for everyone – our associates, our customers, our communities and our stores.

We are in the process of scheduling more bargaining dates, and we will continue to keep you updated as we have information to share.

You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

We appreciate all that you do for our customers, communities and each other.

Parties Return to the Table This Week

As a valued member of our team, we’re keeping you updated on the negotiation process. Through these updates, you’ll know when we meet with the union, what we discuss, and how negotiations are progressing.

The company and union will return to the bargaining table this week July 30-31 and August 1. We look forward to meaningful and productive discussions and hope to reach an agreement soon.

As a reminder, we ended our last sessions with some positive momentum. We provided a wage offer as well as health care and pension proposals. These proposals invest significantly more money in your contract, including a generous total compensation package of good wages, affordable health care and a pension for your retirement.

With a balanced approach this new agreement can be a win for everyone – our associates, our communities and our company.

You can check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279 for updates. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

We appreciate all that you do for our customers, communities and each other.

Company and Union Discuss Contract Language, Health Care and Wages

Negotiations for your new contract continued this week. Discussion focused on contract language, healthcare and wages. We have additional bargaining dates set for July 30 and 31 and August 1 and 2.

Our goal is to keep you updated as we meet with the union, exchange proposals and come to a fair and balanced offer. With a balanced approach this next agreement can be a win for everyone – our associates, our communities and our company.

You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for your continued focus on your job and our customers through this negotiation process.

Company Provides Comprehensive Proposals

To keep negotiations moving forward and gain some positive momentum, we presented the union with a few comprehensive proposals before ending our session today, July 12.

We want to continue to reward and recognize you with a generous total compensation package that provides you with a good wage, affordable health care benefits and a pension for retirement.

Our proposals invest significantly more money in your contract over the next three years. These are fair and balanced proposals.

Here is a summary of our proposals in terms of total compensation – wages, health care and pension:

What’s in the Comprehensive Proposals Additional Details
More money in your wages Top rate increases

Renewal of the minimum wage letter, which benefits associates who are at minimum wage when a new law goes into effect

NO changes to your company-sponsored affordable, premium health care benefits Ralphs associate contributions have not increased since 2007 despite the rising costs of health care

The average family premium in California is more than $700 a month

For a Ralphs associate, an entire family pays only $62 a month

Company investments to keep your pension benefit stable and secure 93% of people employed by American companies do NOT receive a defined pension benefit.

Ralphs associates are part of the elite group or just 7% of workers who benefit from a pension.

Pension is like a savings account that workers don’t contribute to for their retirement. A company contributes to a pension on behalf of workers so when they are ready to retire they still collect a paycheck in addition to their Social Security benefits.

With a balanced approach this next agreement can be a win for everyone – our associates, our communities and our company. You can check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279.

We have more bargaining dates set next week on July 17-19. We will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader. Thank you for all that you do for our customers and each other.

Company and Union Return to the Bargaining Table July 10-12

Thank you for your continued focus on your job and our customers through this negotiation process. Our goal is to keep you updated as we meet with the union, exchange proposals and come to a fair and balanced offer.

The company and union will return to the bargaining table this week July 10-12. We look forward to meaningful and thoughtful discussions.

As we have said all along, we are committed to continuing to invest in our associates – providing secure, stable jobs with competitive pay and benefits. We also need to keep our company strong. With a balanced approach this agreement can be a win for everyone – our associates, our communities and our company.

We have additional bargaining dates set for the end of July and early August.

You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for all that you do for our customers and each other.

Ralphs Negotiations Update for June 11, 2019

Regular updates on the negotiation process are important. They help you stay informed, while letting you focus on your work and our customers through the negotiations process. We met with the union bargaining committee on June 10-11.

We made very little progress this week. We continued to discuss several language items but failed to come to an agreement on them. We still need to work through wages, health care and pension. We continue to share with the union that our total compensation package either currently meets or exceeds that of your peers in this market.

As we have stated from the very beginning of negotiations, we are committed to providing good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates. We also need to keep our stores competitive in this changing retail environment.

We have heard that the union plans on taking a strike authorization vote later this month. We encourage you to attend any meetings and vote no on strike authorization. Strike authorization doesn’t necessarily mean a strike will take place. It means that the union can call a strike at any time if they get authorization from its members during the voting meetings.

We have more bargaining dates set for July 10-12 with additional tentative dates for the end of July and early August.

You can visit www.ralphscba.com to get updates as negotiations progress – no username or password required. You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for all that you do for our customers and each other.

Company and Union Continue to Exchange Proposals

Thank you for your continued focus on your job and our customers through the negotiation process. Our goal is to keep you updated as we meet with the union, exchange proposals and come to a fair and balanced offer. We met with the bargaining committee on June 3-4 and here is the latest.

Both parties continued to exchange proposals and seem to be far apart on wages. Wages are just one piece of your total compensation, which also includes health care benefits and a pension for your retirement. More discussion needs to take place on wages, and we have shared with the union our total compensation package either currently meets or exceeds that of your peers in this market.

In our discussions, we also reminded the union bargaining committees of the presentation during our first negotiations session, which provided information about how competition, pricing and market share, has affected our business in the past, now and in the future in the Southern California market.

As we have stated in the past, we are committed to providing good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates. We also need to keep our stores competitive in this changing and competitive retail environment.

In addition to our discussion on wages, we also exchanged some proposals on work language but did not come to agreement on those.

Our next round of bargaining will take place on June 10 and 11. You can also check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

Thank you for all that you do for our customers and each other.