Unionized Safeway, Raley's, Save Mart grocery workers in Northern California hold rally to call attention to stalled contract talks

PLEASANTON, California , March 29, 2012 (press release) – Grocery and department store workers from across Northern California will converge on Pleasanton March 29 to rally in support of good jobs and affordable health care. Workers will meet at the Macy’s furniture store in the Rosewood shopping center on Santa Rita Rd. for a rally. Then they will go to Pleasanton’s Centennial Park where they will speak in support of good grocery jobs and in support of efforts to negotiate an equitable agreement with Raley’s, Safeway and Save Mart.

Members in Local 5’s grocery division have been trying to come to a consensus with their employers over wages and benefit costs since their contract expired in October 2012. Their efforts have been stymied by management’s emphatic demands for massive takeaways in working conditions, pay rates and medical benefits for active employees and retirees. Macy’s furniture store workers are in talks for a first contract.

“Northern California grocery workers are some of the hardest working people in the country. Every benefit they have earned over the years has been hard won. We want to let the public know that if the companies think they can slash the wages and medical benefits for active members and retirees without a fight they are wrong,” said United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 President Ron Lind.

WHAT: Rally in Support of Northern California retail workers in negotiations with Raley’s, Safeway, Save Mart and Macy’s.

WHERE and WHEN: 3PM Macy’s furniture store Pleasanton, 4255 Rosewood Dr. (off Santa Rita) then to Centennial Park (5353 Sunol Blvd.) in downtown Pleasanton for a rally to begin at 4PM.

WHO: Grocery and retail workers from across Northern California represented by UFCW Local 5 and supporters. Workers from Raley’s, Safeway, Save Mart, Macy’s, retired workers, union leaders, political and community supporters including State Controller John Chiang will speak.

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