Local Raley's employees help out behind the picket lines

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Updated: 11/13/2012 12:49 am

The now week long strike impacting Raley's super markets in northern California and Incline Village are now impacting workers here in northern Nevada.

They continued negotiations today between Raley's and the UFCW Union and over half of the strikers have crossed the picket lines, but not enough to keep the stores open and operating.

Raley's employees from Reno and northern Nevada are filling in for the some 3,500 workers still on strike.

The Raley's on Keystone says they've loaned out over half of their management to help stores in the areas on strike.

But Raley's spokesperson John Segale says they have plenty of employees to help pick up the slack without hurting local stores.

"We're not going to leave any store under staffed so the stores in Nevada are well staffed and fully operational," Segale says.

Some northern Nevada workers are staying a week at a time over in California so they can work.

Segale tells News 4. The company is handling all the related costs for the workers travel over the boarder to help out.

Segale admits in the last week they have seen a drop off in business in those areas, but it's getting better.

"The customers are coming back and things are getting closer to normal," Segale says.

This strike is the company's first in 77-years of business.

Information on negotiation have not been released.

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schwallini - 11/13/2012 12:37 PM
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Someone needs to get their facts straght. You state that this is the first strike in Raleys 77 year hsitory and I beg to differ. There was a similar strike in 1976 or 77 in California I know. My wife went to Susanville to work in the Raleys store there which is where she learned first hand about unions. Then in about 1985 there was a strike here in Reno and picket lines were setup. In fact 2 people were arrested and prosecuted for unlawful distribution of tacks, nails, or other items in a driveway during a strike. There were a lot of flat tires and they blamed the strikers. Feel free to check this information out and you will find it true. The 2 people were tried before Judge Salcito and at the end he stated that all though he could find no evidence against them in his mind he felt they were guilty and they were both find. Guess they call that blind justice.

Sandwulf - 11/13/2012 8:54 AM
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Wish I was part of a Union so I actually had workers rights. It must be sweet to live in a state that isn't a right to work state!

Oliver - 11/13/2012 7:43 AM
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Can you please clarify this? You say "employees" are helping fill in at the California stores, then you say "management personnel".....So are you saying that ONLY Management is going to California and NONE of the Non-Management employees....there is an important distinction when it comes to crossing a picket line.

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