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As more than 120 Raley’s stores opened Sunday morning, picketers stood outside at least 80 of them.

At the Raley’s in Elk Grove, dozens of shoppers were asked to go elsewhere as they walked in.

“Show your support now, do not shop at Raley’s until the strike is over!” one picketer yelled.

“I respect that,” says a shopper who walked back to his car before ever entering the store Sunday afternoon. “A lot of these people have kids, I support them.”

At headquarters in West Sacramento, John Segale tells us the contract they’ve written would freeze wage increases for two years and take away premium pay for Sundays and holidays. But, he says it would also continue to provide paid vacation, and paid holidays.

“This is a contract that the union already approved for Savemart. I don’t know why they won’t show this contract to Raley’s employees so we can get passed this,” Segale told FOX40.

Although the benefits are different from what they were before, the company continues to push that it’s an overall good deal — not quite the sentiment of the picketers.

“You work for a company for 25-years, and for them to just say sorry, here’s your handshake,” one employee told FOX40.

“Times are different and changes must be made in order for this company to stay in business,” says Segale.

Picketers in Elk Grove plan to be outside all day, everyday until an agreement is reached.

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  • Robby w

    Dude, everyone is struggling. Why can’t they just fire the ones that will not sign the new contract and higher new employees that want a good job. I am sorry but unions can be good at protecting he workers but they can also shutter businesses.

  • neil

    This strike isn't about just premiums and vacations. Its our retirements as well. They want to take it away from us and from current raleys/bel air retirees. If they're still making 3 billion a year why don't they lower prices and bring lost customers back.

  • faithclimyber

    I agree 100%. We all have to make sacrifices. Bottom line, you want a job or not. There are 1,000s of people that would jump at a chance to be working gain. They need to be grateful for what they have don't throw it away.

  • Deborah

    I just made a phone call and complained about the unfair Headline, suggesting that shoppers avoid Raileys. I find this pathetic and beyond fair reporting. Let us, the Reader decide where to shop. Times are tough and I am sure they will work it out. Raileys is trying to remain competitive in a time when food prices are skyrockiting and competition is fierce. Target has food now, Walmart has food now, Costco sells in bulk at a discount and even CVS and Walgreens and Rite Aid sell food. It is a very different market due to many reasons and they are attempting to remain in business as well as competitive, give Raileys a break and don't discourage folks from shopping there. Remove your improper headline at once and let your readers make the choice for themself.

  • Lori

    All you Raley's workers try being in my shoes,for the past 3 years we have had a pay freeze and possibly looking at more,I along with1,000 plus other workers go everyday to our job supporting the war fighter some who may even be your Husband,Sons or Daughters, You dont see us out with picket signs, Be thankful you have jobs to go to. Also wake up and dump your union, Unions are NO GOOD, If your union was so good why are you out with signs, I am happy to see the ones that choise to cross the lines and go do there job

  • gdr_11

    At my local Raley's 8 out of 10 pickets are not being held by employees from that store. I know for a fact that the vast majority of this store's employees feel that the union is ripping them off. Perhaps there should be a public posting of union agent and officer salaries compared to Raley's employee salaries.

  • sherri marston

    I am pro Union and I agree with alot of what is being is sad in this time that changes need to be made. I will not cross the picket line so I encourage everyone get back to the Table. And ditto on the wages of the saleries of the agents and officer’s salaries! if they don’t have a union then they will have no job either!