Negotiation Updates

2024 Negotiation Updates


CVS Negotiation Update 5/23/2024

What happened during our first bargaining session?

On May 23, we met with CVS for our very first day of bargaining. We showed up at the table ready to fight for the contract we rightfully deserve. We began the bargaining session by presenting all of our proposals, including fair pay and benefits that reflect our essential work, safe staffing levels that prevent theft and burnout, and affordable and comprehensive health benefits to keep us well. 

We made our priorities explicit. We told the company we deserve safe staffing levels and the wages and health benefits needed to raise healthy families. We demand a fair contract that respects our essential work that reflects our vital healthcare role and the staffing and store safety required to improve customers’ shopping experience.

CVS refused to give us their economic proposals today and was more concerned about protecting the company than giving us what we deserve.

What’s next?

We will meet again with the company on May 31 for our second round of bargaining. In the meantime, the company will review the proposals we submitted, and we will continue to urge them to come back to the table with serious offers that recognize the value of our work.

Our contract is set to expire on June 30.

When a contract expires, it doesn’t mean that our wages, benefits, or protections will end. However, we will push CVS to reach an agreement with us on the contract we deserve by the day our contract expires.

To make a strong contract possible, we must stay united, strong, and engaged. Whether at the bargaining table or in the stores, we have the power to show the company that we’re serious about our proposals and ready to stand together to get a strong contract.

If you have any questions about bargaining or if there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative. 


Food4Less Negotiation Update 5/22/2024

Today we met with Food 4 Less for another day of bargaining. We made incremental progress on issues important to us, but we are still waiting for the company to send a comprehensive wage proposal covering the entirety of a three-year contract. 

We also filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against Food 4 Less for allegedly discriminating against employees based on union activity, prohibiting employees from participating in union activity, monitoring employees engaging in union activity, and unilaterally changing our contract without bargaining. We contend that these actions by the company are unlawful, and we will not be intimidated by their threats.

We made it clear to the company on May 8, 2024, that we expect a three-year wage proposal the next time we meet, and unfortunately, they have failed to deliver. We have also made it clear, since day one, that we expect to reach a deal by contract expiration - June 8. 

What’s Next? 

We have earned and deserve a contract that reflects our hard work and is equitable in light of what other union grocery workers in the area earn, especially when those other union grocery stores are owned by the same parent company – Kroger. 

If the company fails to negotiate a fair and equitable tentative agreement by June 8, we will have to do what it takes to get the contract we deserve. 

Our next round of bargaining is June 6th - 8th, and the clock is ticking for Food 4 Less.

We expect the company to present a proposal that meets our needs at the next bargaining session. If we do not see meaningful progress by contract expiration, we will be forced to take action, including a member vote the week of June 10.

As always, do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative with any questions you might have.


Food4Less Negotiation Update 5/8/2024

Today marks one month until our contract is set to expire, and we have spent the last two days meeting with Food4Less for our third round of bargaining. 

With only four bargaining dates left until contract expiration, the company finally handed us their initial wage offer. This offer fails to address our concerns and deliver us the wages we deserve. 

Under the company’s wage proposal:  

We made it very clear – we will not accept inadequate increases and maintain a system that forces many of our co-workers to work thousands of hours with only minuscule wage increases. The cost of our groceries, our gas, our rent, and our childcare has increased dramatically since our last contract, and so has our company’s profits because of our hard work. We deserve meaningful raises every year of a three-year contract, and we know our company can afford to deliver them. 

We offered the company several additional proposals on scheduling and seniority that would allow us to make progress in these negotiations. 

Our next bargaining sessios are on May 22, June 6, 7 and 8, 20024, where we have asked the company to come back to the table with a reasonable three-year wage package that responds to our initial wage proposal with much-needed pay increases to all of us, allowing us to move up the progression steps to get the raises we deserve. 

What will it take to get the contract we deserve?

While the company has been dragging its feet in these negotiations, we’ve been building strength and power like never before. Thousands of us across all seven UFCW Locals and hundreds of Food4Less stores have signed a petition telling the company that we deserve a fair contract now. Today, we delivered those 4,184 signatures to management, sending a clear message to the company that our hard work merits higher wages, equity with other union grocery stores, and better staffing.

We have the power, and the company knows it. We will be continuing to escalate our campaign, and the more we participate in actions, stay involved in bargaining, and stand together, the more power we have at the table to negotiate for the contract we deserve, including meaningful wage increases for every member in every year of this contract. 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your Union Representative with any questions you might have. 

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Rite Aid Negotiation Update 5/6/2024

Rite Aid negotiations are tentatively scheduled to begin on June 17, 18 and continue on July 9 and 10, 2024


Food4Less Negotiation Update 4/26/2024

On April 25th-26th, we met with Food4Less for our second round of bargaining. At our last bargaining session, we asked the company to be ready at the table this time with serious answers to our proposals that would move bargaining forward and allow us to reach an agreement on the strong, equitable contract that we deserve. 

Unfortunately, they continue to shoot down our reasonable offers and refuse to share their proposals on some of our most important issues, like wages.

We've been clear with Food4Less: We want to reach a fair agreement by the time our contract expires on June 8th. That's why we gave them all of our proposals on the very first day of bargaining and expected them to come today prepared to negotiate on the issues that affect our lives.  

We deserve a new contract that delivers equity with other union grocery stores, higher wages, and better staffing by the time our contract expires. We're ready to bargain as often and as long as it takes to reach a Tentative Agreement by June 8th. We work hard to make our company successful, and it's time that Food4Less recognizes that with a fair and equitable contract. 

What's Next?

After our last bargaining session, we asked the company to meet over a dozen more times before our contract expires. They only agreed to meet with us six times. 

While we are meeting again on May 7th-8th, we sent a clear message: We don't want to waste time at the bargaining table. We're here to bargain for the contract you deserve. But Food4Less needs to hear from all of us if they're going to get serious about negotiating for a fair contract. 

That's why your Union Representatives and Stewards have been circulating a petition in every one of our stores. Thousands of us have already signed, but if you still need to, now is the time to make sure your voice is heard. 

When the company sees us signing petitions, attending rallies, and bargaining, it will know that we are standing strong for a fair contract. 

We will continue pushing for productive and frequent bargaining sessions to allow us to negotiate for the contract we deserve.

As always, if you have any questions about bargaining or if there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Union Representative.

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Food4Less Negotiation Update 4/11/2024

On April 10th and 11th, we met with Food 4 Less for our first round of bargaining.

We began the session by presenting our proposals, which included higher wages, equity with other union grocery stores, and better staffing.

The company then gave us proposals that would weaken our jobs, our contract, and our union. We told them their proposals were unacceptable and will fight to make our jobs and our lives better. We will not accept a contract that is anything less than what we deserve.

We made our priorities explicit. We shared with the company how much our jobs have changed since we negotiated our last Food 4 Less contract. The COVID-19 pandemic, record-breaking inflation, and skyrocketing prices in Southern California have made it harder to put food on our families’ tables. We told them that we are expected to do more work with less staff, yet many of us still struggle to get the hours we need.

What’s next?

We will meet again with the company on April 25-26 for our second round of bargaining. Between now and then, the company will consider the proposals we made, and we will continue to ask the company to come to the table with serious proposals that value our work.

Our contract is set to expire on June 8th.

When a contract expires, it doesn’t mean that our wages, benefits, or protections will end. However, we will push Food 4 Less to reach an agreement with us on the contract we deserve by the day our contract expires.

If Food 4 Less fails to make an offer that rewards our hard work and sacrifice by June 8th, it will be up to members like us to decide what actions we will take to win the contract we all deserve. To make a strong contract possible, we must stay united, strong, and engaged.

Whether at the bargaining table or in the stores, we have the power to show the company that we’re serious about our proposals and ready to stand together to get a strong contract.

If you have any questions about bargaining or if there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact your Union Rep.



Food4Less Negotiation Update 4/10/2024

Contract negotiations are starting for thousands of hard-working UFCW members in California who work for Food 4 Less. Our first scheduled bargaining session with Food 4 Less is on April 10th-11th.

All seven UFCW Locals that represent Food 4 Less workers, 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442, will send coordinated updates after each bargaining session to keep you informed and involved in the fight to get you the contract you deserve.

Over the past few months, Union Representatives have been in our stores, hearing from our members about the issues that matter the most and what we'd like to see in our next contract. Our participation in the bargaining surveys and conversations with our Union Stewards and Reps have made our priorities clear, and it's time for Food 4 Less to come to the bargaining table ready to hear our voice. We're prepared to stand up for the equity, fair pay and benefits, and safer stores you deserve.

We have worked hard to make Food 4 Less. the profitable company it is today. Thanks to us, California families know they can turn to Food 4 Less for quality service, competitive prices, and a great shopping experience. We keep our stores running, and we deserve a contract that rewards our essential service to our communities.

Now it's time to fight for:

How we'll get there:

When hundreds of Food 4 Less members like us turned out for the contract kickoff rally at the Baldwin Park Food 4 Less, our company got the message that Food 4 Less. workers deserve to be taken seriously.
This action gives the bargaining team the power to go toe-to-toe with the company at the bargaining table.

If you have any questions about bargaining or if there is anything else we can do to support you, please do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative or Steward.


CVS Negotiation Update 4/4/2024

SoCal UFCW Locals have confirmed negotiation dates with CVS, which are scheduled to begin on May 23, 31, and continue on June 3, 5, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2024. 


Food4Less Negotiation Update 2/6/2024

SoCal UFCW Locals have confirmed negotiation dates with Food4less, which are scheduled to begin on April 10 and continue on April 11, 25, 26, May 7, and 8.