Friday, November 9, 2007

Negotiations Update for Safeway Members

To All UFCW Safeway Members in Northern California:

Preparations are under way for ratification of the proposed new contract with Lucky, Save Mart, Raley’s and Bel Air Markets.

Negotiations continue with Safeway and much work needs to be done. It is our expectation that the company will ultimately agree that, as in the past, contracts covering all Northern California UFCW employers should provide a common level of wages and benefits for all of our members and a level playing field for all of the companies. Safeway has always insisted on this approach and this bargaining cycle should not be an exception.

While we’ve made progress in important areas, other equally important issues remain to be resolved. Our Union negotiators are offering numerous innovative solutions to address the many concerns on the table.

Safeway members must make it clear that they are willing to fight for the wages, benefits, contract language and job protections they deserve. That is the most effective way to let them know that we will do whatever it takes to get a fair and equitable contract.

Look for further updates in the coming days and weeks. Stay informed and get involved!Together we will prove, as we always have, that Solidarity Works!In Solidarity,