After nearly two years of collective bargaining, UFCW 8-Golden State and its UFCW allies in Southern California announced they have reached tentative contract agreements with the Rite Aid drug store chain in the northern and southern regions of the state.
The two, separate agreements include significant wage increases and protect Rite Aid workers' health benefits through trust funds operated jointly by the union and Rite Aid management. The tentative contracts also preserve pension benefits and include workplace protections.
Rite Aid operates pharmacy stores in the Alamo Plaza Shopping Center in Alamo and at Crow Canyon Commons in San Ramon.
The agreements will be submitted to almost 8,000 California members of Rite Aid's union work force for ratification. Members in Northern California will receive mail-in ballots and materials explaining the details of their tentative agreements. Members in Southern California will vote in regional meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Upon ratification, these agreements will be, beyond any doubt, the best contracts in the country with Rite Aid or any other employer in the retail drug industry," said union president Jacques Loveall.