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.