United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770, is urging ethical consumers to boycott Rite Aid until management returns to the bargaining table with a fair contract offer for its workers.
UFCW’s most recent contract with Rite Aid expired in July and the union says the substance of its newest contract offer is unacceptable and has not changed. Local 770 represents nearly 2,000 Rite Aid employees working at 122 stores across Southern California.
According to UFCW, the company is proposing to eliminate all retiree healthcare from current retirees, potentially leaving thousands of retired senior citizens without health care; exempt large numbers of employees from earning wage increases; eliminate a joint management component of the employee health plan; and replace 25% of full time positions with part-time employees, many of whom would not be eligible for health care or retirement benefits.
“We are boycotting Rite Aid because they are doing their employees wrong,” said John Grant, President of UFCW Local 770. “The company made $21 billion last year. But they still want to stick it to their workers. This is unfair and unacceptable.”
Next week, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, will vote to grant a strike sanction, approving a strike action against Rite Aid if the union considers it necessary.