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.