Raley’s strike ends
Ryan Summerlin November 13, 2012
The Raley’s strike came to an end Tuesday after the grocery outlet and the two unions of the United Food and Commercial Workers in Northern and Central California came to a tentative agreement.
Leaders of the UFCW 8-Golden State and UFCW Local 5 said they would submit the settlement to the unions’ members for review and recommend ratification, according to a UFCW press release.
Jacques Loveall, president of UFCW 8-Golden State, and Ron Lind, president of UFCW Local 5, said in a statement that picket lines would immediately be withdrawn from all Raley’s and Nob Hill stores. More than 7,000 UFCW members went on strike against the grocery chains early on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The strike settlement guarantees when workers return to their jobs there will be no reprisal for exercising their rights. They will maintain their positions, seniority and health care eligibility and all replacement workers will be immediately discharged, Loveall and Lind said in the statement.
Details of the settlement, which culminates 15 months of bargaining, have not yet been released. Raley’s has agreed to keep benefits for retirees over 65 years old, said union member Al Foxworthy.
Bundled in winter coats and heavy gloves, strikers at the Raley’s near the “Y” cheered when their union representative announced the end of the strike.
“We’re ecstatic. We just couldn’t be happier,” Foxworthy said.