Rite Aid Clerks Ratify New Contract by Huge Majority
Rite Aid clerks authorized a new collective bargaining agreement by an unprecedented 99% “yes” vote across Northern California. The overwhelming vote was the product of nearly two years of negotiations with the company. After months and months of hard bargaining an agreement was finally reached that meets the needs of the members. The highlights of the agreement include significant wage increases for clerks and pharmacy techs, a continuation of union trust fund benefits with no additional co-pays or out of pocket charges and continued employer contributions into the trust fund pension. The members who held the line during this extremely long set of negotiations deserve full credit for bringing the contract settlement to fruition.
An excellent agreement was also negotiated in the pharmacist classification. Unfortunately the vote there had neither enough votes to reject the agreement or authorize a strike. Accordingly the matter was referred to the Executive Board of Local 5 which voted to authorize acceptance of the tentative agreement on behalf of the union pharmacists at Rite Aid.