Skip to comments.SoCal Grocery Workers Cancel Contract
Posted on 09/16/2011 8:39:18 PM PDT by matt04
Charging that management is stonewalling, union grocery workers in Southern California have issued a 72-hour notice cancelling their contract extension, paving the way for a strike.
Eight months of negotiations between seven United Food and Commercial Workers locals representing 62,000 workers and management of supermarket chains owned by Kroger, Safeway and Supervalu have been hampered by disagreements over health care contributions. The union has charged that managements proposal would bankrupt health plans and eliminate entirely health care access for employees.
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, the leaders of the seven locals said in a press release. 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 dont want to strike, but if they wont negotiate, we have no choice.
An overwhelming majority of UFCW members, working without a contract since March, voted last month to authorize a strike. Some supermarkets have been accepting applications for fill-in workers in the event of a strike.
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Time to use the ATC option
Last time these idiots struck, the grocers hired people of the streets and after a couple bobbles, things were running smooth. It just don’t take a rocket scientist to work in a grocery store. These people ought to be thankful they have a job.
I rarely go to Vons and Ralphs, the same stores that go on strike. Fresh N Easy, Jons, Food 4 Less I pretty much buy stuff there that are way cheaper than those union stores. L.A wont miss those union scum.
Hasn’t been a grocery store with 10 miles of Watts since Rodney was treated like a King by LAPD.......
Bet there are 62,000 out-of-work Americans ready and willing to take their place, without the union baggage.
What, they don’t believe Obamacare will save everyone?
Last time these cretins went on strike I enjoyed crossing their lines. I look forward to doing it again.
So I read in the local paper that singles will pay $9 a pay check and families $24 per check for health care.
The paper quoted the union boss saying that kind of increase will put people out of their homes on to the street.
What a bunch of whining babies, if we could pay $25 a check I would be so happy.
Don't worry. This was the plan your union bosses had all along so ObaMao could institute the "public option" as the only option.
Didn't anybody explain that to yunz?
Let them strike. There are lot’s of unemployed people that would love a job. And tell the union they can screw themselves—don’t let the union workers come back.
I do not have the privilege of going to union stores in my area. But the grocery workers are still happy, helpful and productive. The stores make sure that they are so.
Well how big of the Union, they were going to LET the businesses remain PROFITABLE.
Screw the Unions.
I hope they strike. If they do, we’ll get better service from the strikebreakers.
In the unionized supermarkets, there are usually only one or two check stands open, even though the store may have eight or nine. The last time the union struck, all of the check stands were manned.
I had to travel to Northern LA county this week unfortunately .
I tried a grocery store there owned by Safeway (the union store mentioned) and found high prices, poor selection and crappy produce(lots of bugs). Safeway is a popular store here in Maryland. The next day driving by I went to the ‘FoodforLess’ discount store I normally go to where you bag your own groceries and it had cheaper prices, better selection and much fresher produce. It was like day and night between the two.
I support their right to strike.
I also support their employer’s right to replace them - all of them.
always loved that one...
So, apparently they aren't paying anything now, right? Reminds me of the recent Verizon strikers (they went back to work without resolution) - $9 bucks a week for single healthcare is cheap-eats - $24 bucks for family healthcare is an all-you-can-eat- buffet....
The workers should just demand that their union fees are reduced to offset the costs :>)*snicker*
Paying $1,248 yearly to insure you entire family seems reasonable to me. If the union manages the insurance, like UFCW locals in the northeast, I’m sure a portion somehow ends up in the Union bosses pockets.
Many more non union grocery options today then in 2002.
Super Targets, Super Walmarts etc etc.
During the last strike, I made a point to cross the picket lines almost every day. The pickets usually didn't hassle shoppers, but once when the store in my area was targeted by demonstrators, a group of pickets shouted at me, "Shame! Shame! Shame!--so I waved my sales slip in their faces. They went ballistic, yelling and screaming, but they couldn't do anything violent, since the cops were there.
Yeah...we are paying about $1000 a month for two...
Excellent. It will allow them to bring in non-union workers who want to work.
Good for you. I never let them intimidate me for the same reason, cops and I would ‘own’ them if they touched me. They could be real jerks though. I just looked them in the eyes and smiled.
>Let them strike. There are lots of unemployed people that would love a job. And tell the union they can screw themselvesdont let the union workers come back.<
True story just told me 3 days back. My bud who has a warehouse in Vernon, CA had a part-time opening. Posted on Craigslist for a PART TIME data entry position...350 applications came in within 2 days.
On the interview, some of the applicants even BEGGED him to pick them, even a single mother. But he had to explain he had to be fair to everyone. The single mother close to tears was the one that almost got to him but he had to choose someone a week ago who was qualified and experienced.
Let’s see... 3-year recession, 9.2% unemployment, yep, time to strike.
They do their job, and I would rather talk to them than a union goon.
I'll spend my money at Brookshires.
“yunz” What a blast from the past that is!
I used to go see my granny in S. Illinois as a kid. I thought the term was exclusive to the area.
I have two non-union grocery stores in my area. I drive across town in two different directions to go to them to avoid the local union run one. The union store never feels clean. The store’s meat section always smells like something rotted and nobody bothered to remove it. And the clerks are gossiping to the baggers half the time ignoring the customers. They act as if the customers don’t exist until it’s time to pay their bill. The manager is the one exception to the otherwise dismal non customer service.
Maybe they can take this opportunity to clean house and hire people that know something about cleanliness and customer service.
That's nationally. In kookie CA it's at 12%+ and rising. Unions harm the workers they claim to support.
Me too. My coworkers and I would take long lunches just to cross the picket line. Too much fun.
Winco accepts only cash, debit cards, or checks....no credit cards.....
In my area of the two major chains one is Union the other is not. The Union stores always seem to be dirtier and in some state of disrepair. You can tell which employees are trying by running around trying to clean up after their lazy co-workers.
At the non-Union store it is always clean or being cleaned, and all the employees are always busy doing something useful.
Let me see if I understand this:
The unions give big bucks to a socialist who ends up being elected president.
The president foists a lousy health care bill on the American people that he claims will make health insurance cheaper.
To nobody’s surprise (except, apparently, the administration), health insurance premiums shoot up.
Business owners who provide health insurance to their unionized employees pass some of the costs on to the unionized employees.
Unionized employees go on strike because they now have to pay a pittance for their now-more-expensive health insurance.
Sounds like just desserts.
The highly paid person waving my groceries in front of the scanner is going on strike.
It’s almost like, I’ll have to do it myself at the self-serve checkout.
Oh wait. I already do...
WinCo prices are a lot lower than Wal-Mart.
Walmart = retail marketing department, for the Peoples Republic of China.
UFCW is somehow affiliated with the teamsters you can tell the difference easily between the two in a picket line.
They also went out on strike years ago when I was just out of high school. I had a friend who was recently hire by the store who was out picketing. I talked to him before I went into the store. When I left to go into the store he was going to go in the store with me to buy some lunch. I had to tell him how a strike worked. He asked some others with to male sure.
Any and all union workers who strike should be fired.
LOL. . Ya gotta be kiddin me, right!?
I found this on the UFCW website earlier this year. I can’t explain Kohl’s as they are not owned by A&P as far as I can tell.:
“If you live in Hawaii, Florida, Fairbanks, AK, Prince Edward Island, or virtually any point in between, it is likely that you will buy food in a retail food store where we work.
Altogether we are more than 1 million working men and women throughout North America. We work for the largest companies in the industry and for many smaller independent companies in cities and towns both large and small.
We work in the familiar occupations of stocker, checker, cashier, meat cutter and produce clerk. We also work behind the scenes on computer systems that adjust product prices and inventory management processes.
* Food Basics
* Super Fresh
* Shop & Stop
* Giant Food of Landover (Washington/Baltimore area)
George Weston Ltd
* Real Canadian Superstore
* Zehrs Markets
* King Soopers
* Fred Meyer
* Canada Safeway
* Stater Brothers Markets
*This list is just a sample of the supermarkets where UFCW members work.”
Is Smart N’ Final a union chain?
If the Teamsters were involved it could have been the Union truck drivers picketing in solidarity whit their fellow “brothers and sisters.”
And I thought yunz was exclusive to SW Pennsylvania. Your granny didn’t move from Pittsburgh to Southern Illinois by any chance, did she?
Point of order:
Everything you buy which says “Made in China”, is union-made.
Communist China, is the single largest, most powerful union in the history of Earth.