Safeway Bargaining Set for November 8, 9 &10 Member Meetings Planned November 13th to 19th Company Delay Tactics Must End!
More than one year after the expiration of its contract with Locals 5 and 648, Safeway continues to frustrate the collective bargaining process with ridiculous proposals that would face immediate rejection by the membership.
While your bargaining committee will once again work in good faith to make progress toward a settlement on the upcoming days, we intend to make it clear to the company that its delay tactics must end and that a fair and equitable offer must be forthcoming. Absent serious progress on the 8th, 9th and 10th we will schedule a vote of the membership, including potential strike authorization, on whatever offer the company has on the table.
When negotiations began nearly a year ago, Safeway attempted to excuse its lack of availability to come to the table by citing multiple bargaining obligations with other local unions throughout the country. During the few sessions that took place, valuable time was wasted in a failed attempt to create a single classification system for all clerks that would require employees to work for seven years to reach a top rate lower than the current experienced food clerk rate.
The Local 5 and 648 bargaining committees have made it clear that Safeway’s proposed single classification scheme is unacceptable. The company has concluded negotiations in Denver, Southern California, Seattle, Portland and Sacramento. No further excuses will be tolerated – it’s time that Local 5 and 648 members working at Safeway get the contract that they deserve! Membership meetings will be scheduled November 13ththrough the 19th – meetings notices will appear next week.
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