Stop Corporate Greed at Rite Aid!
So our latest example of Corporate Greed at its finest is Rite Aid, who tries to hide behind the slogan, “with us it’s personal.” BUT, do not be fooled by a silly slogan. HMMMM….. let’s see, Rite Aid CEO, John Stanley, doubles his salary in one year from $2.3 million to $4.5 million while trying to make health insurance unaffordable for his company’s low wage workers. Is that being personal with your employees? Well I guess you could say it is personal, but probably not in the way Rite Aid would want you to think.
While taking a 100% pay increase, John Stanley is trying to raise health care costs even though Ohio workers accepted meager wage increases so they would be able to keep the costs affordable. The employees in stores in Lancaster, CA are facing an astounding 2800% increase in their health care costs. I guess someone has to pay for John Stanley’s increase in salary.
In the 2010 letter to shareholders, Stanley brags about decreasing costs and projecting a growth in profitable sales. And we all know how they intend to decrease costs - on the backs of their workers. A growing number of community members along with a national coalition of organizations, including: UFCW Local 880, UFCW Local 1776, Jobs with Justice, AFL-CIO, ILWU, and United Students Against Sweat Shops are mobilizing by taking action to prevent Rite Aid and John Stanley from making their employees pay.
We have held two national days of action in support of the workers and are asking Rite Aid customers to pull their prescriptions and to not shop at the stores until management stops trying to make their workers pay for their own corporate greed.
You can help by sending a loud and clear message to Rite Aid – treat your workers with dignity and respect or you can expect more people to do as I have. I will not shop at Rite Aid because with us, it IS personal!!