Rite Aid responds to union protest
In response to a recent protestby a labor coalition of 1199SEIU (Service Employees International Union), ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union), and UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), a Rite Aid spokeswoman said, "The unions have their own agenda. These press releases are just another attempt by the unions to pressure Rite Aid's corporate office to agree to let the union represent our newest Rite Aid associates in Eckerd stores in New York and New Jersey without giving those associates a chance to vote on whether they want a union or want to pay union dues. The associates at these stores have not chosen to be represented by 1199 or any union, and we're not going to force a union or union dues on them just because 1199 is writing misleading press releases. It's not fair for us to decide for our associates. If they want to be represented by a union, they have the right to vote by secret ballot in an election administered by the National Labor Relations Board."