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.

Ralphs and Union Bargaining Committees Present Initial Proposals on Wages

The company and union bargaining committees met again last week to negotiate your new contract.

As a reminder, negotiations are about sharing ideas, answering questions and addressing concerns on both sides. During our time together, the company and union both presented initial proposals on wages. More discussion needs to take place on wages and we have not reached an agreement on total compensation, which would include more pay, premium health care coverage and pension benefits for retirement.

We also discussed and made some progress on health care. We have heard that the union says our current proposal cuts your health care benefits. This is not true!  Over the life of the new contract, we would contribute more to your health care than we do today to maintain your premium benefits.

Ralphs is committed to a contract that will provide good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates. It also must keep our stores competitive in this changing and competitive retail environment.

You can check your store communication board, FEED, and the Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279 for more updates. 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.

Bargaining Continues on Your New Contract

Regular updates on the negotiation process are important. They help you stay informed, while letting you focus on your work and our customers through this negotiation process. We met with the union bargaining committee on May 3 and May 6.

A federal mediator was invited to attend negotiations to help with the bargaining process. We continue to have discussions on several language items, but have not come to an agreement. Our next bargaining dates are May 22, 23 and 24.

As a reminder, Ralphs is committed to a contract that will provide good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates. It also must keep our stores competitive in this changing and competitive retail environment.

We will keep you up to date on negotiations, which we will post on your store communication board, FEED, Ralphs hotline number 800-615-7279, and through your store leader. 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.

Negotiations Continue

Ralphs and the union bargaining committees met again this week to continue to negotiate your new contract. We had good discussions on several items. We also set several more dates to meet and negotiate in April and May.

As a reminder, Ralphs is committed to a contract that will provide good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates. It also must keep our stores competitive in this changing and competitive retail environment.

We will keep you up to date on negotiations, which we will post on your store communication board, FEED, and through your store leader. 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.

Negotiations for Your New Contract Continue

Ralphs and the union bargaining committees met again last week to continue to negotiate your new contract.

We had several discussions on proposed language items and continued to exchange proposals.

Ralphs is committed to a contract that will do three important things:

  1. Provide good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates
  2. Enable us to operate our stores to meet customer needs
  3. Keep our stores competitive in this changing and competitive retail environment

As a reminder, negotiations are a process that takes time. It is about finding areas of agreement and working through issues where we disagree. It’s about allocating available resources in a balanced way for your wages, health care, pension and other benefits. It’s about meeting your needs and keeping our stores competitive, too.

We have several more bargaining dates in April and early May. We will keep you up to date on negotiations, which we will post on your store communication board, FEED, and through your store leader. 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.

Negotiations for Your New Contract Begin

On Tuesday, March 5-6, Ralphs and the union bargaining committees met to kick-off negotiations for your new contract.  We know these discussions are important to you. They are important to our division and the company, too. The resulting contract will guide your compensation and our operations for the next several years.

In our opening sessions, the company and union exchanged initial proposals. Ralphs also had an independent marketing consultant present information about the competitive landscape and economy in the Southern California market.

Our intent in presenting this information was to share how competition, including pricing and market share, has affected our business in the past, now and in the future.

Ralphs is committed to a contract that will do three important things:

  1. Provide good stable jobs and competitive pay and benefits for our associates
  2. Enable us to operate our stores to meet customer needs
  3. Keep our stores competitive in this changing and competitive retail environment

Negotiations is about finding areas of agreement and working through issues where we disagree. It’s about allocating available resources in a balanced way for your wages, health care, pension and other benefits. It’s about meeting your needs and keeping our stores competitive, too.

It’s early. We are at the very start of talks. During these negotiations, we encourage you to learn as much as you can. We will provide you information about key issues. The union will, too. Read and consider them both, so when the time comes for you to vote on an agreement, you can make the decision that is right for you.

We will keep you up to date on negotiations with regular updates posted on your store communication board, FEED, and through your store leader. 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.