At the center of the Raley’s strike is the issue of medical coverage.
Raley’s released a summary of the contract they presented to the union four weeks ago, but according to Raley’s and union employees the contract was never presented to union employees by the union.
Raley’s also released a comparison of their contract to that of Save Mart’s and it showed that Raley’s plan was better.
The health plan for union employees is also better than they provide their store directors and corporate office.
The plan reuqires no premiums and also provides paid sick leave.
Save Mart’s contract requires weekley contributions.
If you retire, Raley’s continues to offer health care up until the age of 65 which is when individuals become eligible for medicare.
That cut off goes for all Raley’s employees including company executives and non union stores.
“The reason is simple,” Raley’s said in a statement. “We can no longer afford this very expensive coverage. In fact, 85% of employers have taken similar action and no longer provide this coverage.
Strikers are currently on day five of a strike.