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Rite Aid Workers Begin Statewide Strike Vote

Nearly 3,000 Rite Aid workers across California are set to begin voting Thursday on whether or not to authorize union leaders to call a strike if contract negotiations stay stalled.

Rick Icaza, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, addressed the nature of the possible strike in a statement: "We wish it hadn't come to this, but the unreasonable and unfair demands of management to eliminate healthcare, cut wages, and increase workload are unacceptable."

Rite Aid management are proposing to retire the company retiree health coverage program, and increase current employee deductibles, among other changes unwelcomed by the the workers, according to UFCW770. Employees could be facing out-of-pocket expenses up to $10,000 per year, they say.

Workers from Santa Maria to the O.C. border begin voting today. Statewide voting will wrap up by next week, says UFCW770.

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HarryStreet | July 27, 2012 at 1:12 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Rite Aid would be fair if they agree to raising hourly wages for their employees in order to pay for the extra medical costs. It really is no surprise how CEOs and staff look for ways to cut costs while raising their own pay and benefits. In the end its the employees who suffer. I for one am not shopping Rite Aid until they come up with a plan that's fair to the employees. Enough is enough!

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teamster63 | July 28, 2012 at 6:01 p.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

If they already don't know am gonna pass this to my teamster brothers, I know for one am not going shop there till they offer them somthing better. Iam gonna try to get everybody on the same page and not shop there they have the teamsters support.

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