Re "Who holds the picket sign?" (Letters, April 23): Guess what? We are real employees. We are retirees and others brave enough to stand for what we were promised and worked our entire careers for: Our medical benefits and pensions.
We are the ones on those picket lines who worked over 40 hour weeks and holidays before there were pre-packaged products, scanners, automatic meat wrapping machines and self checkout. Raley's family has never worked a full day's labor in their life, but Mike Teel would like you to believe that by being union operated, it's making them raise prices.
We retirees are the ones who stood by when they were going bankrupt. We are the employees who made the Raley's, Safeway, Bel Air and Save Mart empires. Retirees are also the easiest to take away from. The stores' weekly ads are the Sac Bee's bread and butter.
-- Ellen Azbill, Newcastle