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Union workers at Rite Aid reach tentative contract agreement

Pleasanton store employees among 8,000 affected by new contract

After nearly two years of collective bargaining, UFCW 8-Golden State and its UFCW allies in Southern California announced they have reached tentative contract agreements with the Rite Aid drug store chain in the northern and southern regions of the state, including Rite Aid's store in Pleasanton.

The two, separate agreements include significant wage increases and protect Rite Aid workers' health benefits through trust funds operated jointly by the union and Rite Aid management. The tentative contracts also preserve pension benefits and include workplace protections.

The agreements will be submitted to almost 8,000 California members of Rite Aid's union work force for ratification. Members in Northern California will receive mail-in ballots and materials explaining the details of their tentative agreements. Members in Southern California will vote in regional meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Upon ratification, these agreements will be, beyond any doubt, the best contracts in the country with Rite Aid or any other employer in the retail drug industry," said union president Jacques Loveall.

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