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Save Mart Employees May Strike

Supermarket's recent pay cut could stoke tensions with food workers union.

announced a pay cut for 150 employees in the Sacramento area last week, raising tensions with workers during difficult contract talks. Now, Save Mart employees say they may strike if a new contract agreement is not met this week, according to the Sacramento Bee.

"Nobody wants a strike, but management needs to get serious about the issue of funding health care," Jacques Loveall, president of UFCW Local 8 in Roseville, wrote in a statement. "We understand about the competitive challenges of our Union employers and we have been working with the employers to find workable solutions to the many challenges. But management has to work with us now to get this resolved."

The two sides already face an impasse in current negotiations over health care costs. Also last week on the Local 8 website, Loveall said negotiations had continued without an agreement on workers' benefit pay.  And Save Mart stated weeks ago it had given workers a final offer.

It's becoming the summer of labor discontent in Sacramento.  Last month, Local 8 workers authorized a strike against Raley's after negotiations failed with that supermarket chain, although workers have yet to walk off the job.

Roseville is home to one Save Mart on Foothills Boulevard.

Roseville residents, should Save Mart strike? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Franklin June 27, 2012 at 01:42 AM
SaveMart claims they have to cut benefits in order to be competitive. But is that really true? From what I've read, non lead personnel make about $15.00 an hour. That's way more than minimum wage, but certainly not excessive for what they do. I wonder what workers at Winco, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's make per hour. Is it really that much less? I know one woman who works at Winco. I don't know her hourly wage, but I do know she's got health insurance. I wonder if union workers really make all that much more than non union shops.
Rod Cullins June 29, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Winco journey level workers make $18.00 per hour. The company is employee owned, and they control their own benefits, stocks, etc. No union bosses telling them to strike over less money.

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