It’s going to be a rough night for Raley’s employees.
“It’s very nerve wracking. I have a huge pit in my stomach,” said Dave Turner, a Produce Manager for the supermarket chain.
Compounding Turner’s concerns is a letter he got from Raley’s management. In it he is informed that the company is prepared to hire replacement workers for an indefinite period of time.
Most the contract trouble comes from the healthcare aisle. The questions: to what extent healthcare will be cut, who will administer the company’s plan, and will there be benefits for retirees?
After 23 years with Raley’s, Turner says benefits for retirees is a crucial issue for him.
And if the company isn’t prepared to provide them, he’s prepared to strike.
“This has been going on for a year. I’ve been saving every nickle and dime. If they say no, I’m prepared,” Turner said.
It’s something Raley’s employees have never done before. Now they can only wait to find out what’s in store for them.