“Our members appreciate the value and security this contract provides, which would not be possible without the continued solidarity with their union,” UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall said after the ratification votes were counted.
The three-year agreements include significant wage increases and funding for improved health care benefits with no premiums paid by active employees for their own health care.
The new contracts also provide for establishment of primary health care clinics throughout the union’s jurisdiction with enhanced medical services for members at no cost.
“With this feature, the companies have recognized the progress we’ve made in progressive health care plan design and our tireless work re-inventing health care delivery,” Loveall said.
Other highlights of the contracts include:
- Health care for retirees;
- Improved funding for the defined-benefit pension plan and re-activation of the supplemental 401(k) plan called an Individual Account Plan (IAP). Restoring the IAP fulfills a commitment made by Loveall when the plan was suspended at the end of 2003;
- Extended health care (up to nine months) during disability leave; and
- A shorter waiting period for new hires to receive health benefits;
“The additional pay, expanded sick leave benefits and other measures UFCW 8-Golden State negotiated to address the COVID-19 pandemic recognize the extraordinary contributions retail workers are making while supporting our communities in these times of crisis,” Loveall said. “Our members are heroes on the front lines. They are strong and stand united. Together we prove our Union’s motto: Solidarity Works!”
UFCW 8-Golden State represents tens of thousands of members in supermarkets, drug stores, food processing plants, wineries, distilleries, cannabis facilities, medical offices and other workplaces from the Oregon border in the north to Los Angeles county in the south.