Bay Area Nob Hill Workers Seek to Avoid Strike Set for Midnight Saturday, Will Meet with Federal Mediator Thursday
United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 5 and 8 will meet with the federal mediator and Nob Hill, Raley's Bay Area subsidiary, on Thursday, November 1 in an attempt to avoid a strike at the chain set for Saturday at midnight. A contract extension is in place until midnight Saturday. Absent a settlement or another extension the memberships of both Locals 5 and 8 will be on strike at the expiration of the extension.
The UFCW and the company have been in negotiations for more than a year. Issues separating the parties include medical coverage, contractual rights and premium pay. The company recently released a “last best and final offer” which was worse than offers previously rejected by members and announced it intended to implement the changes November 1. The union in turn notified the company that such action would trigger a walkout by its unionized workers.
UFCW Local 5 represents 1400 clerks and butchers at Nob Hill stores throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions in cities including San Jose, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, Alameda and Salinas.
Bay Area Nob Hill workers will join their Raley's counterparts from the valley for a rally in Sacramento on Thursday. The event will take place at the Matsui Federal Building, 501 I Street, at 10:45am. “Unity and strength are what got us to this point in negotiations and it will carry us through to a successful conclusion,” said Ron Lind President of Local 5 during a recent phone conference with members. “Company leaders initially believed that our members and our union lacked the resolve to fight – they have now discovered that they seriously miscalculated,” he concluded.