Ralphs Associates Ratify New Agreement

Congratulations on your new contract! It is a good agreement that does the following:

  • Rewards Top-Rated Associates
    • Food Clerks and Meat Cutters – wage increase of $1.55 over 3 years
    • GM Clerks and Pharmacy Techs – wage increases of $1.65 over 3 years
  • Renewal of Minimum Wage Letter
    • Courtesy Clerks – $.10 above minimum wage
    • GM clerks – $.20 above minimum wage
    • Food clerks – $.40 above minimum wage
  • Company contributions to maintain your affordable health care coverage and secure your pension benefit
  • Enhancements to funeral leave
  • Formation of a Joint Training Committee for workforce of the future
  • Maintains $.50 Sunday premium for all current clerk helpers, hired prior to ratification

Your store leaders will be sharing more details on the contract in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all associates who attended the meeting for your bargaining unit and voted!

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 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 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.

Business As Usual

Strike authorization does not mean a strike.

You should report to work according to your regular schedule.

We understand the union has received strike authorization from Southern California bargaining unit members attending and voting at union meetings.

We want to be sure you know what this means – it does not mean there will be a strike. It means that the union can call one, if they choose.  But even then, whether an associate goes on strike or crosses the picket line is up to you. It’s your individual choice.

At this point, the union has not called for a work stoppage. We hope they don’t and would expect the union to return to the table. Our next scheduled meetings are July 10-12, July 17-19 and July 30-31 & August 1.

No one wins with a strike.

  • Not our associates, who miss out on paychecks and potentially benefits.
  • Not our customers, who don’t want to get involved in a conflict and may choose to shop at competitors – ironically non-union.
  • Not our stores, which can lose business that may not return.
  • And not the union, which could drive away its own members with such drastic actions that will create significant hardships.
  • Does the union really believe that a strike that would harm the company financially will help get you a good contract? Harming the company hurts all associates, hurts our market, and impairs many things that we do or are able to do in the business we are all connected to together.

Our goal is to reach an agreement that provides a solid and competitive package of wages and benefits for our associates but that is right for our business, too.  We need to stay competitive in a very challenging market to do that.

As always, you can get up-to-date information on negotiations from your store manager.