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Labor Union Coalition Alerts Industry Analysts About Rite Aid
Date:11/6/2007

ical sector. This week, thousands of Taft-Hartley and union health and pension fund trustees and administrators are in Anaheim, California, for the annual International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conference. This conference is considered a premier marketing opportunity for health and investment management vendors, and Rite Aid Health Solutions will be there along with Caremark, Medco and other PBMs competing for billions of dollars in union business.

Among conference participants, Rite Aid is sure to tout itself as a union- friendly company. However, our unions will be there in force to set the record straight on the company's recent assaults on workers' rights. For months, Rite Aid has failed to comply with legally-binding contractual language governing the rights of workers in newly acquired stores and has waged a union-avoidance campaign in California among warehouse workers seeking representation through the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

To get the word out about Rite Aid's recent anti-union actions, SEIU, UFCW and ILWU welcomed hundreds of trustees at a reception on the conference's opening night. Throughout the week, we are distributing information and encouraging union trustees and administrators to question Rite Aid's actions and encourage them to not do business with the company until it starts doing right by its workers.

Today, Rite Aid is at a critical juncture. The company's future is riding on the success of the acquisition, the growth of its PBM business, emergence from the scandals that plagued the company in the past, and improving same store sales during the upcoming holiday season. Rite Aid is already on thin ice; it can ill-afford to put it all at risk by antagonizing its workforce.

We are fully committed to upholding the legally-binding contractual rights of Rite Aid and Eckerd Brooks workers and will not stop until we are satisfied that Rite Aid is on the right track for its workers, and in
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SOURCE 1199SEIU; UFCW; ILWU
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