UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall announced today, after months of complex negotiations, an excellent new preliminary agreement with Raley`s, Bel Air and Nob Hill in northern and central California. Jacques Loveall, President UFCW 8-Golden State firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, Loveall said that an agreement has been reached to provide workers of the three companies with useful compensation for their work during the current health crisis. The new agreement also includes a “Crisis Response” addendum, which confirms health and safety procedures to ensure the best well-being of Raley workers and the public during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. “The three-year contract provides for better funding for pension benefits, improved health benefits without wage premiums and significant wage increases,” Loveall said. The agreements include reasonable wage increases for approximately 14,000 UFCW 8-Golden State members in all five companies. ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA. (April 27, 2020) – After a complex collective bargaining environment in one of the most difficult periods in retail history, UFCW 8-Golden State members voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying new agreements with supermarket chains Raley`s, Bel Air and Nob Hill. “Our members value the value and security of this treaty, which would not be possible without continued solidarity with their Union,” said UFCW 8-Golden State President Loveall after the ratification votes were counted. The three-year contracts include considerable wage increases, funding for improved health services without bonuses, which are paid by workers working for their own health care – a rarity in today`s supermarket sector. The new contracts also provide for the creation of primary medical clinics throughout the EU jurisdiction, with improved medical services for members at no cost. “Through this role, companies have recognized the progress we have made in the phasing out of the health plan and our tireless work to reinvent health care,” said President Loveall. The other strengths of the contracts are: After a complex collective bargaining process, members of United Food – Commercial Workers (UFCW) 8-Golden State voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying new agreements with the banners of Raley`s, Bel Air and Nob Hill supermarkets. The vote will take place following an interim agreement between the parties last month.
“Our members value their new contracts, which are a model of what can be achieved through interest-based negotiations,” said President Loveall. Three-year contracts involve substantial wage increases; Funding for improved health services, excluding premiums paid by active workers for their own health care; and the establishment of primary medical clinics throughout the union`s jurisdiction, with improved medical services for members. “At the negotiating table, we were able to build on the key achievements of decades of EU solidarity,” said President Loveall.