As the emerging public health crisis posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread across California and the United States, the Centers for Disease Control has warned:
Workers in a drug store are at greater risk of exposure every day as they assist their community with remedies and medications to help prevent the spread of the flu and other diseases.
Rite Aid continues trying to deceive members by making false claims about “mirroring the existing Trust Fund Gold medical plan.” In reality, the company is eliminating its employees' existing sick leave benefits, eliminating benefits for almost all new employees, and forcing members to change medical and dental providers.
January 17, 2020 -- UFCW 8-Golden State members working for Rite Aid turned out in force to support their Union, with 91% voting to reject the company’s contract proposals and authorize a strike if one becomes necessary to reach a fair labor agreement.
As Rite Aid continues to try deceiving and dividing members, nothing in the company's recent proposals has changed. The company’s claim of mirroring existing benefits is false. They want to take complete control of member benefits while eliminating some of the existing benefits for new hires and retirees. This will ultimately pit new members against current members. Rite Aid knows new employees will eventually outnumber current employees, and future contract proposals will continue to get worse.
In a callous and devious attempt to force their ill-conceived will upon you, Rite Aid Management is trying to impose a far-inferior health plan on its employees in Northern California.
Below are just a few messages of support from some of the thousands of community supporters who have completed petitions online and in front of Rite Aid stores, sending in messages of support. The community clearly understands and supports our members working at Rite Aid and the fight to keep their benefits.
In Northern California, Rite Aid has not increased its contributions to the jointly administered Union-Employer medical benefit plan in over 12 years. After profiting off of rising health care costs, Rite Aid now claims the existing health care plan for its employees is too expensive.