The president of UFCW’s Local 8 in Roseville, Jacques Loveall, posted a message on the union’s website stating that a mediator was agreed to with Save Mart. Moreover, the message said that a deadline of July 10th would attempt to reconcile an audit of Save Mart’s need for financial relief, the structure of labor costs based on the audit, and authorization of union-management bargaining committees to establish agreements to allow the union to “design an overall health and welfare plan.”
Save Mart said that a “strike is not beneficial for our company or our associates, and an agreement must be reached quickly,” according to a statement made on Tuesday. Save Mart hopes that an agreement will be made that provides job security for their workers and more hours and allows Save Mart to “stay competitive in the retail food marketplace.”
Save Mart is owned by Save Mart Supermarkets, which own and operates more than 240 stores under the names of Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky,and FoodMaxx in Northern California and Southern Nevada.
Recently, workers at Save Mart have been discussing a strike. Workers at UFCW Local 5 in San Jose took a vote to authorize a strike with an approval of 94% of its members. That vote means that union leaders have the power to call a work stoppage.
UFCW is currently engaged with negotiations with Raley’s and Safeway.