Fighting a Billion Dollar Corporation and Winning!
There are 357 Rite Aid stores across Southern California. The 5,900 men and women who work at them chose to form a strong union with UFCW. And they also chose to fight for fair wages, continuous healthcare coverage for workers and retirees, and consistent scheduling so no one’s hours would be cut, or lose the pay and benefits that their families count on.
Rite Aid is the only 100% unionized neighborhood drugstore around, but management came to the table with an offer that was outside the spirit of partnership that the members of Locals 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, 1442, and 8GS have worked so hard to build. Rite Aid wanted to rob workers and retirees of complete health coverage, skimp on pay raises, and cut employee hours so those with full-time jobs could be classified as part-time and left high-and-dry. But workers were determined to protect everyone’s income and healthcare.
UFCW’s bargaining team held the line. Members never wavered. In a show of solidarity and commitment to principle, workers called for informational picket lines and a boycott of all stores. Workers fought. And workers won a Tentative Agreement for a strong three-year contract with Rite Aid that they will now vote to ratify on October 1st, from 8 AM to 8 PM!