Dear Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons Members:
Four and one half months after contract expiration, we are disappointed to report that management from Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons has made little effort towards achieving a contract offer that provides living wages for all employees, affordable medical benefits, retirement security and fair scheduling.
Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons have been dragging out negotiations since March and it is clear that they prefer to delay a settlement to avoid paying you the increases you deserve. We met on July 13, 14 and 15 with very little movement by the companies on any of the most important economic issues. We have additional meetings scheduled for July 20, 21, August 1 and 2.
We have told the companies that we have a deadline of August 8. We know from past negotiations that without a deadline, the companies will continue to delay. All local unions will schedule vote meetings on August 8 and 9 to present and vote the companies’ final offer.
In the meantime we are doing everything possible to avoid a strike, including putting pressure on the companies through actions in front of their stores, community and labor delegations and intermittent boycotts. Ultimately, if the companies do not show a willingness to adequately address our issues, we will begin strike preparations including holding picket captain meetings, shoring up our food banks, seeking hardship contributions from unions throughout the country and notifying the public of the likelihood of a strike.
Our goal is to always negotiate a contract without the need for economic action. As of this time however, we have not seen any indication from your companies that they intend to make a fair offer. We recognize that no one ever wants to go on strike but the message we need management to hear is “We don’t want to strike but we will if we have to.”
If you have any questions and to find out how you can help, please contact your Union Representative or Steward.