Skip to comments.California grocer labor talks ongoing, deadline passes (Strike averted so far)
Posted on 09/18/2011 11:51:36 PM PDT by bd476
Sunday September 18, 2011 10:49pm PDT
(Reuters) - Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons remained in talks with the union representing 62,000 Southern California supermarket workers as the deadline for canceling their labor contract passed on Sunday evening.
The United Food and Commercial Workers union on Thursday issued a required 72-hour notice of its plan to cancel its extended contract, a move that opened the door for workers to strike if an acceptable deal could not be reached.
"Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons are still at the table with the union. Progress is being made, but we do not yet have an agreement," said Jeff Swanson, a spokesman for Albertsons parent Supervalu Inc.
Kroger Co owns Ralphs and Safeway Inc operates Vons and Pavilions stores. The three supermarket companies are negotiating jointly, as they have in the past.
A spokesman for the union confirmed that the parties were still in talks...
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I guess the unions were bluffing.
I hope they strike for the good of the nation and not so good of the union.
I mean come on, striking in a depression for more stuff?
Nerve and stupidity all rolled up into one right there.
Well it's not exactly rocket science stocking shelves and dragging groceries across a scanner....the latter is totally automated now in some stores...I heard a worker say she had an MBA and worked grocery retail for 27 years...can you say LOSER!....
Lock out the Parasites.
It's my understanding that UCFW is part of Teamsters. From this latest story, it does appear that the Union is attempting some kind of compromise.
In this economy, they undoubtedly are trying to avoid a strike as much as the companies Safeway and Kroger
During the last grocery store strike I was in California at the beginning of the strike then had to travel back East for some family business. Back in that locale they're all Kroger stores. Prior to the last strike, Kroger had just purchased California Ralph's a year or two prior.
The manager of Kroger store closest to where I was staying back East told me he hoped that California workers would choose to end the strike quickly because if not, he was going to be sent to California to work as a cashier. He told me he felt it was unfair since he had already "paid his dues" working as a cashier and that he shouldn't have to do that kind of work again, let alone at hourly wages.
He also said that many other Kroger managers were also being forced to temporarily move to California and all of them would be paid hourly wages rather than their normal salaries. He did say though that Kroger would pay for his air fare, motel and rental car.
Produce and Meat Department Managers and workers also were on strike the last time but I believe that they are in a different union than the UCFW.
We’ve all heard of educated fool.
Check out these signs. The union employees are threatening to 'walk off the job' but they want to fool the public into believing they have been locked out.
Looks like the union members are betting on all the years they spent in scanner school is going to pay off.
You probably wouldn't think much of the surgeon I know, who "retired" from being a doctor at age mid forties, to buy and work in an auto body shop.
Hardly. I have owned and worked in body shops most of my life and it is a highly skilled trade...though now I own an aircraft repair shop...another highly skilled trade...
I was taking a couple of courses at the local junior college when I ran into my surgeon, I was a bit surprised to see him there and thought maybe he was teaching a class.
I asked him and he told me he was taking a welding class, so I asked him why and he said he loved doing body work on cars and was buying a body shop and was going to fix car bodies instead of people bodies.
I reckon that would save on malpractice insurance.
I had no intention to malign auto body workers, just thought it odd that the man who repaired my colon and my hernias now wanted to repair auto bodies instead.
I was satisfied with the surgery and wouldn’t hesitate to let him work on my car.
I can understand the attraction...always loved working with mechanical things...something that really can't be explained or justified...:oP
Unions are just a bunch of professional protesters to start with. The corruption and inefficiencies just build from their.