April 17, 2014
By Neal Tepel
Madison Heights, Michigan – On Wednesday April 15th, Rite Aid Pharmacy workers across Michigan, UFCW Local 876 members, voted to ratify a three-year agreement that guarantees 7% wage increases for all 792 union members that work in Rite Aid stores in Michigan. The agreement includes a comprehensive pension and health care benefits package. The contract also preserves all current holidays, vacation and personal days previously negotiated.
"The legislative environment toward worker protections has been extremely turbulent throughout the country, to say the least," Roger Robinson, UFCW 876 president said. "This contract, and the solidarity of Rite Aid union members across Michigan, stand as a measure of a heighten awareness for the middle class. They are well aware they are under corporate attack; and the actions taken today to secure a solid contract were the only way to guarantee protections and benefits for their families."
UFCW 876 continues to be a progressive labor organization that has been consistently delivering solid wages, meaningful benefits and the means to a decent retirement for it's members through the protections of a union contract. The UFCW local Represents nearly 18,000 members in Michigan. UFCW has 1.3 million members nationwide and is the largest private sector union in the country with members working in retail, grocery, pharmaceutical, and healthcare.