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.”

Cathy P. November 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
"....as well as thank the many customers who continued to support us." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So glad it's over but boooooo to anyone who crossed the picket line.
RUTH WEMPE November 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I'd like to get a job where I don't have to pay "anything" toward my health insurance; my daughter works her ass off for the city and has to pay $300 toward health insurance. The nerve to think they should have it free. Strikers in Capitola were very offensive and verbal, and when they go back to work, a lot of us intend to do something about it. They never took into consideration people were working and living around them, and continually blowing horns, and "cow bells" ; no consideration for others, why should we have consideration for what they want? Enjoy the free insurance, you don't know how good you have it.
Jenni Chalmers November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Our workers/strikers in Scotts Valley were very respectful of the community and I am happy to support them. If their insurance plan is anything like what my husband had when he worked at Safeway, it is definitely NOT free. I'm glad they reached an agreement though!
martha Bennett November 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM
i am so very happy that it is over. Ruth, the employees don't pay out of pocket but they do make concessions tward their health care, like no cost of living and such
Cynde Eckhart November 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Thank you so much to all of the customers and other union workers that came out and showed such overwhelming support to the Watsonville Nob Hill workers. Without all of you this victory could not have been made possible. Congratulations to the employees and the union and to Raleys. We are so happy to have our store back.
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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