As the leader of the regions second largest private employer, I know there are not many companies that have survived the economic ups and downs for the past 77 years like Raleys. Im reminded of this when I see companies like Comcast and Campbell Soup close their doors or Waste Connections leave the state for one thats more business friendly.
A lot has changed since 1935 when my grandfather Tom Raley founded this company socially, economically, and technologically and thats an understatement. But one thing that is consistent in our family history is that we must change with the times. If we dont change, we wont survive. Thats why this recent round of negotiation with the
union was so trying. They wanted things to remain the same, and that just cant happen in a day where everyone is forced to do more with less. While Im pleased that in the end the outcome was positive and the strike is now over, it wasnt without impact to our business. It is my hope now that we can rebuild our customer base and show the public whats so special about shopping at Raleys.
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I speak on behalf of the entire Raley family in giving thanks for our loyal employees, customers and business partners. We are proud to be contributing economically to our community through a number of outstanding charitable partnerships including the arts, women and childrens issues, protecting the environment and feeding the hungry. With the strike behind us and with continued support from the public, we can continue to do so.
-- Michael Teel, president and CEO, Raley's
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