Raley's Employees Still On Strike

Raley's strike enters second week and is a dispute over medical benefits and pay

November 10, 2012--Saturday morning I noticed that the picket line in front of Raley's was still running.

It had been a week since the strike started, so I stopped to take a few photos and talk with some of the people on the picket line. 

Raley's dispute is over the chain's desire to eliminate retiree health benefits for those who have turned 65 and are eligible for Medicare. Safeway, Raley’s competitor, just reached a deal with its employees over similar issues of overtime pay and healthcare benefits, which is expected to put pressure on Raley’s managemen .

This weekend, Safeway employees were expected to join the Raley's picket line. 

To counter the picket signs, a non-striking Raley's employee was carrying a sign advising that the store was still open.

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Patrice November 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
My understanding is that it is ONLY the Raley's butchers who belong to the union who are on strike, not Raley's itself. I am wondering why it is that this piece of information seems to be missing from the article and from everything else I have read on this matter.
Active Thinker November 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Yes, I spoke to a "Raley's" employee the other night as I was leaving and did hear a valid arguement...he asked me to shop at safeway during this time...
Frank Simpson November 12, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Additional details as to the size and scope of the strike may be found in this Patch Article of November 4, 2012 See Raley's Employees Strike Over Proposed Changes to Overtime Pay, Benefits at http://petaluma.patch.com/articles/raley-s-employees-strike-over-proposed-changes-to-overtime-pay-benefits
Raleys employee November 13, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Just because it's only the butchers at this Petaluma store that are on strike doesn't mean that there are not other 7,000 Raleys employees on strike throughout the company. Unfortunately the misled younger generation in Petaluma did not vote union when the store opened 3 1/2 years ago. Many employees and retirees are fighting for what they were promised when they worked for this company. All we are asking for is what we were already told we would have. If the company would like to start from here on forward this is what we are able to offer, then so be it. BUT stay true to what you have already guaranteed.
David Batemon November 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The strike is OVER! Go shop at Raley's for they have agreed to retiries keepinig their helth benifits. I would like to give a special Thank You for all that supported us, and we look foward to meeting your every need this Thanksgiving, and forever! Thank's again.


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