National Day of Action Targets Rite Aid Execs for Disrespecting Employees

Rite Aid drugstore executives who are disrespecting employees across the country will be the target of nationwide solidarity actions in California and other states on Wednesday, December 15th.

During the past few years, Rite Aid executives made bad business decisions that caused serious financial problems at the country’s third-largest drugstore chain. But instead of working with employees to move forward together in challenging times, Rite Aid execs are trying to make the company's loyal and hard-working employees pay for management's mistakes.

While Rite Aid just increased compensation for the company’s CEO to $4.5 million…

• In Cleveland OH, Rite Aid management imposed a concessionary contract on retail store workers beginning December 1st that will drastically increase the cost of health insurance for employees and their families

• In Lancaster CA, management is also trying to shift the burden of rising health costs to workers;

• In Rome NY, management is closing union facilities where workers have a real voice on the job and shifting work to non-union facilities;

• At other Rite Aid locations across the country, management is not living up to its commitments and is refusing to bargain fairly with workers.

Management’s disrespect has moved Rite Aid workers to lead actions at stores from the following unions: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 (PA), UFCW Local 880 (OH); and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 26 (CA).

With support from the AFL-CIO, United Students Against Sweatshops and Jobs with Justice, Rite Aid workers are calling on union supporters to join with community and student allies to participate in a National Day of Action on December 15th.

Dozens are stores will be targeted on the 15th – we’ll keep you posted as locations are confirmed in your area.

See the flyer for the action in Oakland, CA at noon on Wednesday, December 15th.

For more info about a Rite Aid action near you, contact:
• ILWU, Peter Olney, (415) 775-0533, peter.olney@ilwu.org
• UFCW, Chris Snyder, UFCW Local 1776, (800) 635-6994 x 308, csnyder@ufcw1776.org; or Tom Robertson, UFCW Local 880, (216) 241-5930, local880@ufcwlocal880.com
• AFL-CIO, Rand Wilson, (617) 803-0799, rwilson@aflcio.org
• United Students Against Sweatshops, Teresa Cheng, teresa@usas.org
• Jobs with Justice, Treston Faulkner, (202) 316-0239, treston@jwj.org

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