2018 is off to a Great Start!
2018 will be one of the busiest years we’ve ever had. After finishing 2017 with a bang, negotiating successful CVS and Food 4 Less contracts. This year is off to a great start as well.
Coming in 2018 we knew we had seven contracts that we would negotiate this year.
In our first quarter, we finalized two contracts. The first one with Keil’s Food Store. Keil’s is a single-store operator who’s owner, Rick Keil, has always been pro-union.
Keil’s is a small retailer who wants to make their business a career for their employees, our members.
Keil’s operates one store in San Diego, yet provides the same medical coverage and pensions as Albertsons, Ralphs, Vons and Stater Bros. Keil knows that by keeping his workers happy, he actually keeps the costs of running a store down. And, without a problem, we were able to negotiate good raises, and keep benefits and pensions in place.
To get a good contract, we must show these employers how strong we are and we can only do that by standing together – because we all are the union.
The Keil’s contract was ratified by its 35 members at their store on March 1.
The Viejas contract was ratified on February 22. We were able to get a new four-year contract. We believe that this was due to having a solidified and strong membership.
The new contract includes great wage increases, gained two more holidays and workers now have a much less complex system for requesting days off. I also want to thank our Viejas negotiations committee including Eric Moldenhauer, Rosa Reyes, Betty Daoud and Brian Ringel. They all gave vital input during the process. At Viejas, we have nearly 600 members of the union.
We still have Rite Aid, Kaiser Permanente, Spreckels Sugar, and Paradies and Hudson (members we represent at the airport) negotiations coming up this year, and as usual, we need all of our brothers and sisters to stand strong for one another – even if you don’t work at one of these places.
To get a good contract, we must show our employers how strong we are. We can only do that by standing together – because we all are the union.