As we discussed on the telephone town hall on January 5, all Southern California UFCW locals are voting Ralphs’ contract offer again. This vote will take place in the next 2 weeks and it is very important that everyone participate.
Should you have any questions on the agreement, your Union Representative will be able to answer any questions at that time.
If you have questions and you missed your Representative, you may call the Union and speak to a representative on duty. If you want to call your Representative to schedule a time to meet that is convenient for you, we strongly recommend that you do that.
All Local Unions are recommending acceptance of this offer.
All ballots will be counted on January 24, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at Local 1167 office. Any Ralphs Pharmacits interested in helping to count the Ballots are welcome.
Albertsons/Vons and Ralphs reached an agreement for a new contract with the Southern California UFCW Locals, and all the Locals recommended approval of that agreement. The Albertsons/Vons pharmacists accepted the agreement, but the Ralphs pharmacists rejected it.
December 19th, 2019 we met with Ralphs to explain the reasons for Ralphs pharmacists' rejection vote. We also made a new proposal that included higher wages and an elimination of a provision that allowed a waiver of the 40-hour full-time guarantee.
Leroy Westmoreland, the Ralphs/Kroger spokesperson listened to our concerns but ultimately informed us that Ralphs is unwilling to change the company's current offer in light of the fact that the Unions had agreed to and recommended the offer and that the Albertsons/Vons pharmacists have already accepted the proposal. Ralphs will not enter into a contract that is different from the contract that Albertsons/Vons has.
We will be holding a telephone town hall for Ralphs pharmacists at 7:00 pm on Sunday, January 5th, to discuss our next steps.
Your participation on this call is crucial if you want to have input into the outcome of these negotiations.
Local 1167 Union Representatives will be contacting Ralphs Pharmacists today and tomorrow with Tele Town Hall call-in information.
More Negotiations over Ralphs Pharmacist have been scheduled for December 19, 2019. Check back to this space for more updates.
Voting on the new contract has concluded and the votes are tabulated.
Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions pharmacists approved the contract.
Ralphs pharmacists voted to reject the contract and authorized a strike, if necessary.
More information will follow shortly about next steps in the negotiations.