Let’s Talk About the Facts – No One Wins in a Strike

For the Record

March 21st, 2022

As Ralphs continues to be transparent and open about the negotiations process, we want to share again our objectives for your new contract:

  • Invest in your total compensation – provide industry-leading pay and benefits
  • Provide affordable, fresh groceries to our customers and communities where we operate
  • Continue to operate a sustainable business, reflecting good, stable jobs with growth opportunities

In recent weeks, UFCW SoCal locals have communicated false and misleading information about the company. This is an unfortunate attempt to undermine the negotiation process. Here are the facts:

Myth Fact
Other unions have gotten more money for their members after a strike.

 

·       The nine-day strike in January by associates working in our Denver metro area King Soopers and City Market stores ended with associates receiving less pay than what was on the table before the strike.

·       The company’s Final Offer included $196M additional wage investment, including significant ratification bonuses

·       The final agreement that associates ratified included a $187M additional wage investment – no ratification bonuses

·       $9M less than what was in our final offer

Ralphs stores are understaffed causing associates to work longer hours.

 

·       Overall, Ralphs is averaging between 750-800 open positions that’s on average fewer than 5 open positions per store.

·       Ralphs is very effective at managing overtime – in other words there isn’t a lot of overtime worked across the division. When overtime is high that could be a sign that stores are understaffed, and associates may be working longer hours.

Calling for members to vote and authorize a strike over alleged Ralphs unfair labor practices ·       The filing of an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge is an accusation.

·       The SoCal unions’ claims have not been investigated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and until that is done, no findings or rulings have been made.

·       The fact is the union’s claim has not been founded to be true.

·       Filing ULP charges and subsequently calling for a strike is part of the UFCW’s playbook.

·       The union’s unfair labor practices in Albuquerque, Colorado and Oregon were eventually dropped by the UFCW.

 

The facts are clear, while the UFCW is focused on pushing for an unwarranted strike, the company’s focus remains on working with the union to reach an agreement that is a win for you and our customers.

Negotiations are a process and we’re committed to reaching an agreement no matter how long it takes. We are hopeful the union will return to the bargaining table with renewed interest in reaching a balanced agreement.

We will continue to provide open and transparent updates on www.RalphsCBA.com or FEED and on store bulletin boards. If you have any questions, please talk to your store leader.

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