Nob Hill and Raley's Reach Agreement with Union

Pickets will soon end as employees are set to return to work.

From Raley’s-Nob Hill Foods:

Negotiators with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and the United Food and Commercial Workers reached an agreement today ending the 9-day old grocery strike.

"This is very exciting because this contract provides us with the cost savings we need to fund our vision and the initiatives to make us more competitive in the 21st Century," said Mike Teel, president of Raley’s of Family Fine Stores. "I greatly appreciate the incredible effort put forth by our employees and company during this time as well as thank the many customers who continued to support us. As one of the last large family-owned grocery chains, it will be great to have everyone back working again." 

The agreement, which will not be made public until it is ratified by the union members, ends 15 months of negotiations between the two sides. The union will recommend ratification to its members with a vote to occur at a date to be decided in the near future. 

This dispute marked the first strike in the history of the 77-year-old company. In recent years, there has been a huge increase of more than 240 non-union retailers either opening or expanding their stores specifically to sell groceries. This, coupled with the recession and skyrocketing healthcare costs, created a number of issues which both the store and the union had to work through.

"It is important to remember that everyone including our employees, our customers, our company and the communities we serve have suffered in this labor dispute," Teel said. "So, it gives me great pleasure to know that as of today, our employees will be back to work serving our customers with the same attention and care as we have always served our customers at Raley’s and Nob Hill.”

Mike Viall November 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Picketers at Capitola Nob Hill were extremely obnoxious.
janet martinez November 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Obnoxious isn't the word for it!!
janet martinez November 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Oh, and by the way, reading your comment, their insurance is free, they even told us entering the store; so Scotts Valley, too bad you didn't comment on their obnoxious noise, 8 hours a day, with no consieration for people trying to conduct business around them. How about those businesses who lost money because of their rudeness and inconsideration? Have nothing to say about that? Too bad you weren't one of those businesses.
Edward Neikirk November 15, 2012 at 03:15 AM
the unskilled laborers think they won and the productive capitalist can get back to making a profit. seems like a win win. if only we could achieve this result and have the union leadership acquire a fatal disease or at least food poisoning. hooray for unskilled workers and their poor reasoning; keep on baggin my bananas!
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