National Day of Protest against Rite Aid

by Rand Wilson

Mass. Jobs with Justice Confronts Rite Aid


Workers, union activists and community supporters took part in more than 40 actions at Rite Aid stores in 11 states yesterday as part of a National Day of Action to focus attention on the company’s corporate greed and disrespect for workers’ rights. Rite Aid, the country’s third largest retail drugstore chain, has been stalling for more than two years on negotiating a first contract with employees at its massive Southwest Regional Distribution Center in Lancaster, Calif., where 550 workers joined the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in March 2008. The company is demanding that workers pay exorbitant increases in their health care premiums.

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Chicano students help Blue Diamond Workers

Chicano Students rally to almond workers’ cause

The nation’s largest Chicano student group brought some 400 students protestors on March 21,2008. to the Sacramento plant in support of the Blue Diamond workers’ long fight to join the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

Since its founding in 1969, Mecha, the Chicano student organization, has supported workers’ organizing as an essential part of its program of community empowerment.

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