Ralphs Reaches Tentative Agreement with Southern California Locals

Ralphs and the seven Southern California UFCW locals have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract covering the company’s 18,000 associates working in 190 stores in Southern California. The parties were assisted by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.

The union will share the details in upcoming ratification meetings.

Thank you for your patience during this process and your commitment to serving our customers and community.

Ralphs and Union Working Hard to Reach an Agreement

Thank you for your continued focus on your job and our customers.

Over the last few days, the company and union continued to negotiate on your new contract and are making some progress. Both parties are working hard to reach a fair and balanced contract.

Ralphs want a good agreement for you that rewards you with fair pay and exceptional benefits, including affordable health care and a pension when you retire. We also need to keep Ralphs competitive and successful in the Southern California market.

Our current offer includes pay increases and contributions to your health care coverage and pension fund to keep both stable and secure. It is a significant investment in you!

As we have information to share over the weekend, we will share updates

Thank you for all that you are doing to serve our customers and communities.

Company Renews Its Commitment to Reach A Fair and Balanced Agreement with the Union

We appreciate your patience during this process and all that you are doing to serve our customers. We know that negotiations can be stressful for you and your family.

We have more talks with the union scheduled for Sept. 4-8. We will be doing everything we can to reach a fair and balanced agreement with the union in the coming days. We have the same goal: reach an agreement that is good for you – rewarding you for your hard work, while at the same time keeps Ralphs successful in the Southern California market – providing secure and stable jobs for everyone.

As bargaining continues this week and through the weekend, we promise to keep you updated as we have information to share. Our recent offers reflect our total investment in you – more money in your pocket, more money to support and maintain your exceptional, health care benefits and more money to keep your pension benefit secure and stable throughout the life of this agreement. As a matter of fact, our current offer as of August 25 invests more than $112 million additional money through the life of the new contract.

Our current wages, health care and pension offers are available in the Resource column.

We also wanted you to be aware of our efforts on contingency planning in the event of a work stoppage. As part of our planning, you may see some advertisements for replacement workers. This isn’t something we want to do but must do so we can continue to run our business if a labor dispute occurs.

We hope the union won’t take this course of action, but we need to be ready in the event of a strike. Agreements are reached at the bargaining table not the picket line.

As negotiations continue this week and weekend, there may be times of silence but know that we will be providing you updates as soon as we have something to share.

Thank you for your continued focus on our customers.

Company and Union Return to the Bargaining Table Sept. 4-8

Thank you for your patience during the negotiations process. We know it can be stressful and things seem uncertain right now.

We are working very hard to reach an agreement with the union. We have more negotiations scheduled for Sept. 4-8. Our focus remains on you and the bargaining table. We hope the union returns to the table with the commitment to reach a fair and balanced agreement.

We need an agreement that rewards you for your hard work and keeps Ralphs successful in the Southern California market.

Our recent offers reflect our investment in you – more money in your pocket, more money to support and maintain your premium, health care benefits and more money to keep your pension benefit secure and stable throughout the life of this agreement.

As negotiations continue this week, we may not have information to share every day, but we commit to providing you with updates and information as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued focus on our customers.

Company and Union to Continue to Work Toward an Agreement – More Bargaining Dates Scheduled

The company and union bargaining committees met over the weekend to continue negotiating for a new contract. We made some progress on open language items with both parties agreeing to drop several things. There are still a few more language matters to work through, but we are hopeful we will continue to make progress toward the company’s and union’s goals for contract language.

Most of our discussions centered around wages with several counter proposals taking place throughout the weekend; however, we remain far apart on wages. We are committed to higher wages. Our wage proposals offer more money than what was agreed upon and ratified in your 2016 agreement.

As we have said all along wages are just one part of your total compensation. We are also making significant investments to keep your high-quality health care benefits affordable and your pension stable and secure. Here’s where our health and pension proposals stand today:

  • Over the next three years, we would invest more than $400 million for your health care benefits. What does that mean for you? Ralphs would increase what we already pay to an average of $14,000 a year for your coverage. For a Ralphs associate, an entire family pays just $60 a month or $720 a year for coverage. Ask your family and friends, we think they would agree that this is a generous benefit.
  • We would also invest more than $227 million to secure your pension over the next three years. What does that mean for you? Our contributions would increase to maintain your current level of pension benefits, which includes an early retirement option for some associates at age 50, depending on your years of service – that’s unheard of in today’s workplace. 93% of people employed by American companies do not receive a defined pension benefit.

We respect union representatives’ efforts to obtain the best package for their members. We believe our proposals represent an investment in you and Ralph’s future and have a shared goal in a balanced and fair agreement.

We have more bargaining dates scheduled for Sept. 4-8. We will continue to update you as negotiations progress. You can check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279 for more information. If you have any questions during this process, please talk to your store leader.

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.