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PSARA Statement to Grocery Workers

This statement was delivered to grocery workers by Robby Stern at one of the many meetings happening throughout the region, where grocery workers are learning the content of their employers contract proposal. The proposal cuts wages, health care and working conditions. It is a shocking proposal that will very negatively impact the economic condition and lives of grocery workers. Workers will be voting on the proposal and a “No” vote authorizes a strike.(A strike will not happen immediately.) The results of the vote will be known after the Retiree Advocate goes to print. 

I am Robby Stern and I am President of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action. I want you to know one thing, grocery workers: My community, your community, OUR COMMUNITY stands beside you!

Your fight for a fair contract is our fight; it’s a fight we all share.

When large national corporations threaten to take away the health care of thousands of people in our communities, when these corporations, who pay their CEOs millions, want to cut the pay for even their lowest paid workers, when these CEOs want to deny you paid sick days so you can stay at home when sick without losing a day’s pay, it impacts all of us, all of our communities.

When these corporations attack you, we are all threatened. You are our neighbors. You take care of us when we come to your stores to buy food and other things we need.

Working in a grocery store used to be a job around which grocery workers built their families, and around which we built our communities. Together we can reclaim these jobs and turn them into family-building, community-building jobs again.

For now, I just want you to know that I stand with you and our organization stands with you. And, many organizations in the broader community, with tens of thousands of members, will stand with you.

If there is a dispute, we will be taking our shopping dollars somewhere else. We have already started to let your managers know this, and we will be in the stores to tell more managers in the coming weeks. We will keep standing with you as long as it takes for you to have a fair contract. Thank you for the work you do every day to feed our community. We have your back as you have had ours!

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