Reader Input: Honor contracts with older employees

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Everyone (except politicians and union management) has been hit by this country’s recession.

Most of us understand that without profit there are no wages. I’m sure employee wages will have to be adjusted. Why not find a way to ease the workload for employees and have happier customers at the same time?

Stop requiring scripted, incessant false pleasantries and chitchat from checkout clerks and baggers. Give us all a break. The 20 question routine is annoying! Fire the numbskull and the marketing group that came up with these ideas. That should save you money, as well.

I’ve read both handouts re: the (Raley’s) strike. I am concerned that older, longtime employees will be hurt more than anyone in this dispute. It is my hope that Raley’s will honor its commitment for health and retirement benefits to longtime, older employees. These people relied on contracts made with management and they are least able to adjust to reduced and unexpected circumstances.

Make other wage adjustments but don’t pull the rug out from under longtime employees now. See above: Get rid of the silly marketing gimmicks and just be a good grocery store with the great people you have now.

Patricia Gibbs, Loomis