Skip to comments.72-hour warning for grocery strike issued
Posted on 09/16/2011 7:50:27 AM PDT by newzjunkey
The union representing Southland grocery workers issued a 72-hour notice Thursday night canceling the grocery contract extension, paving the way for a strike.
"We returned to the bargaining table ready to compromise and make a deal that keeps our employers profitable but protects the jobs of our members," said a statement from the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons.
"Instead, we got more of the same stonewalling from management. They are unwilling to compromise and are more concerned about hoarding their billions in profits than reaching a fair deal for their employees. We don't want to strike, but if they won't negotiate, we have no choice." ...
Under the most recent industry offer, workers would pay about $36 per month for individual health insurance, or $92 per month for family coverage.
A 141-day strike in 2003-04, which cost the stores an estimated $1.5 billion, led some customers to make long-term changes to their shopping habits by going to independent grocers and specialty outlets. Both sides agreed that they were hurt by the last strike.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbs8.com ...
This makes me mad as hell.
I shop at non-union stores. Screw these people.
What will the “buy my premade food 1 hour before my next meal” foodstamp crowd do?
Uhh - go hungry, then riot?
Great! Another opportunity to cross picket lines.
I did it last time at our local Albertson’s. I’ll do it again. Our local store is a community relations gem. It is forever supporting local groups, charities and non profits with their fund raisers.
Banana scanners making close to $30 an hour plus benefits. Since when did that become a “career”?
I predict that we will see more self-checkout lines in the future.
Good news for Stater Brothers?
The last strike in LA was a shopper’s heaven. No lines, no traffic, in and out. And, I loved arguing to the strikers outside Vons or Pavillions when they would start yelling at me. “Don’t you care about families?” “Yes, but I care about mine more”. And so on and so on. IIRC, the checkers make like $15.00 to $17.00/hour. Nice job for no education and illegal status.
Trader Joe’s loves strikes as well, I’m sure. Non union and already popular, the stores will be even more crowded when a strike occurs.
Can’t vouch for this but heard that Krogers is planning on closing Ralphs and re-opening under Krogers name with all new non union employees. Count me in as a loyal shopper if that happens.
Huh?? That’s a 7.25 hr job here in Mississippi.
when they are on strike, i will drive by real slow and yell, “ I’m gonna go in there and get your job”..... heads do explode, and it is fun... :)
Strikers are asking the public to help them raise the cost of doing business. Why in the world would I want my local supermarket to have to pay more for labor? Why would I want to put pressure on a store to raise prices? Sounds suicidal to me.
we buy 95% of our groceries from henry’s = sprouts.
some of our vitamins and paper products from costco.
some of our vitamins and cleaning supplies from walmart.
supermarkets are antiquated in my view.
Isn’t Sprouts (Henrys) a cool store. We always have a good shopping experience in the La Quinta store.
And the Fresh & Easy stores too.
I was there for the 2003-04 strike and got some screaming deals at the grocery store!
I remember a lady telling me, “but I decorated your birthday cakes!” I told her, “Hey, this is between you and your employer. I don’t ask you to insert yourself between our family and employer.” She responded, “Oh but I would!” and I told her “no thanks”. It was weird.
But like I said, there were great deals to be had to lure in customers. The strikers lost more than they gained in the long run. It was sad to see them exploited like they were.
the unions are pricing themselves out of business. (what’s new?)
buying habits are changing:
we don’t buy packaged and frozen poison foods that supermarkets sell in mass.
fire them all, then place a help wanted add for 1000’s of jobs in the paper and watch a line 10 miles long form to fill those jobs
And you wonder why the non-union WinCo Foods giant-sized supermarkets in the Sacramento metro region are doing booming business.
They probably won’t visit my blog (see tagline) which was in fact created just for them.
I could not agree more! Exactly the kind of reality check they deserve and we'd all be better for it.
Agreed. Fire them all, and give the jobs to those who would be more than happy to have one...’f’ the unions.
Will they be using the Strike Model of the Longshoremen?
Same thing in my backyard. UFCW Local 23 is about to go on strike against Kroger stores in the West Virginia panhandle.
Are they trying to coordinate some sort of national strike, or do they just want the headlines of looking tough (even if it means their members are all out of a job)?
The net profit in the grocery industry is about 1.5%.
Hardly a financial distress to pay ONLY $36 a month & $92 a month for health care coverage.
When I was self employed, the last premium I paid for my INDIVIDUAL health care policy was $540 a month. I would have tap danced in a major intersection if I could have paid only $36 for a policy which has very good coverage.
These fools are dumber every day.
Union thug Mickey "The Bat" Kasparian is still running the local UFCW. Here's what we got last time:
$36/mo isn't affordable health care? $92/mo for a family isn't affordable health care? (Arrggghhh!!)
With 12% unemployment in CA, I wonder how hard it would be to organize a pro-employer counter protest.
As it should be, but not here in SoCal. Especially for the most senior of them.
Some of the information that came out during the last strike made anyone with half a brain sick about how much they’re paid and the bennies they get.
During the last strike, it came out that the most senior of them were making over $25 an hour + benefits. I’m sure it’s gone up some since.
YES!! That's precisely why this makes me made as hell. I've been there. I've paid those individual rates. This year, for the first time, those costs have exceeded my ability to pay. When I see these collectivized drones whining about health care that costs them less than their cable or internet bills, I see red.
I don’t have insurance. I spent $357.00 on blood tests this morning out of my own pocket.
Cry me a frigging river, guys...
The updated version no longer includes parts I have in the excerpt about the last offer.
I smell the handiwork of Mickey "The Bat" and his union thugs.
Could be... this is "breaking news" -
SAN DIEGO -- Officials with the Ralphs supermarket chain will shut down all of its Southern California stores if grocery store workers go on strike, according to information obtained by 10News' media partner the San Diego Union-Tribune.Report: Ralphs To Shut Down If Workers Strike
The U-T reported that all Ralphs stores, including 25 locations in San Diego County, will close in the event of a worker strike. The Ralphs stores in the county employ about 1,800 union workers, the U-T reported.
Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyel released the following statement to 10News: "If there is a strike, Ralphs will initially close all of our stores. During a strike, it is difficult to create a good shopping experience for our Customers and a good working environment for our Employees. We will evaluate the situation as it progresses."
According to the U-T report, if a strike proceeds, Ralphs would pack up food and close down stores.
SAN DIEGO -- Ralphs and Albertsons grocery stores in Southern California have closure plans in place if workers decide to go on strike Sunday night, store officials said Friday night. ...
Albertsons spokeswoman Christie Ly said in a statement that up to 100 Albertsons stores could close for some or all of the strike.
Many stores now have banks renting space in the front of the building. Can they legally close the stores that have banks in them?
All in-store banks near me closed up shop years ago.