Re "Raley's workers walk out" (Page A1, Nov. 5): A couple of years ago Raley's became my "ex" store after holding up its union contract. Since that time I have shopped at Save Mart. As a local grocery (Modesto), it serves the local economy far more than a chain from back east. I refuse to shop Wal-Mart and Fresh and Easy, as their business models discourage equal promotion, fair pay and benefits.
I respect the way unions create an equal footing for all workers. There's opportunity and equal pay for all. Unions have given us the 40-hour week, paid vacations, overtime pay and medical care. Consider carefully where you shop and thank the workers in your world.
-- Kathleen Mast, Sacramento
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