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  • Safeway cashier fired after men insulted at Southwest store

    01/24/2013 1:19:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 45 replies
    washington post ^ | Victor Zapana
    An employee at a Southwest D.C. Safeway has been fired after a Saturday incident in which a cashier used a homosexual slur, a Safeway spokesman said Thursday. The cashier, who worked at the Safeway at 1100 4th Street SW, used a slur when referring to a gay couple in the store, Safeway spokesman Craig Muckle said Thursday. The couple has filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights, reported Metro Weekly. On Thursday, Muckle said Safeway’s human resources department had conducted an investigation, which resulted in the cashier’s termination. “We are truly sorry this happened in our store...
  • Safeway exec's joke backfires, brings apology

    05/23/2012 7:11:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/23/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    Safeway has enough on its plate - market share under siege, tough union negotiations, rumors of a takeover - without a senior executive putting his foot halfway down his throat, at its annual shareholders' meeting no less. Vice President and General Counsel Robert Gordon thought he was cracking wise with a lame joke involving the Secret Service, President Obama and two Arkansas razorback hogs deemed an "excellent trade" for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. Among the less-than-laugh-out-loud-responses was a letter from members of the Bay Area congressional delegation, led by Rep....
  • Bay Area congressmembers call Safeway lawyer’s joke ‘sexist’

    05/18/2012 8:31:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 5/18/12 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    What’s good for Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert is apparently not good for corporate lawyers.A group of Bay Area congressmembers sent a stern letter to Pleasanton-based Safeway CEO Steve Burd admonishing the grocery giant for a joke its top lawyer reportedly made at the expense of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi during a May 15 stockholder meeting.General Counsel Robert Gordon reportedly told a joke involving the Secretary of State and the House Minority Speaker from San Francisco, pigs and the Secret Service. Gosh, it already sounds funny. (Read the full narrative below.)Lighten up, people.If members of Congress start...
  • Safeway tries to enforce service animal rule

    02/16/2012 8:07:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/12 | C.W. Nevius
    There are Labradoodles in the produce aisle. There's a little Australian terrier sniffing the potato chips. Yes, there are dogs in the supermarket, particularly in San Francisco. And God help us, one of these days there may be a miniature pony in the checkout line. Seriously. And it's all perfectly legal. Or imperfectly legal, depending on whom you ask. Technically, these are service animals. But the technicality is starting to drive customers, supermarket owners and animal control officials around the bend. "This service animal thing is getting a little out of control," said Vicky Guldbech, captain of San Francisco's Department...
  • Guard fired after nabbing child who ate from box

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A grocery store security guard was fired after he told the father of a 4-year-old girl that she would face criminal charges for eating from a dried fruit package, a TV station reported. The child's mother, Alissa Jones, said the father wasn't looking when the girl grabbed the package, ate a few pieces of fruit then returned it to a shelf at a Safeway store in Everett, Wash., KOMO reported Wednesday. Safeway previously faced widespread criticism when a Honolulu couple were arrested over stolen sandwiches and had their 2-year-old daughter taken from them briefly by state...
  • Hawaii Couple's Daughter Taken Away for 18 Hours Over Alleged Sandwich Theft

    10/29/2011 7:29:43 AM PDT · by rawhide · 159 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 10-29-11
    <p>A Hawaii couple’s 3-year-old daughter was taken away from them for 18 hours after they were arrested for forgetting to a pay for two $5 sandwiches.</p> <p>The outing-turned-nightmare happened Wednesday while the family was shopping at a local Safeway.</p> <p>"We walked a long way to the grocery store and I was feeling faint, dizzy, like I needed to eat something so we decided to pick up some sandwiches and eat them while we were shopping," Leszczynski told the news station.</p>
  • Not So Safeway for This Market

    09/29/2011 6:20:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2011 | Crista Huff
    There’s a supermarket anomaly near my home. Two supermarkets, a block apart: King Soopers (a Kroger store) and Safeway. In my town, everybody shops at King Soopers. Safeway is deserted. There are literally more employees than customers. Consequently, I get tremendous prices at Safeway, including a large percentage of my groceries at 50% off. What’s up with that? For some reason, Safeway has made the corporate decision to keep the store open as a loss leader. Curious. They stock all the normal foods, but then they have to get the food out of the store quickly at 50% off while...
  • Safeway CEO Steven Burd in WSJ 2009: How Safeway Is Cutting Health-Care Costs

    09/19/2011 2:42:27 AM PDT · by bd476 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 12, 2009 | By STEVEN A. BURD
    How Safeway Is Cutting Health-Care Costs Market-based solutions can reduce the national health-care bill by 40%Effective health-care reform must meet two objectives: 1) It must secure coverage for all Americans, and 2) it must dramatically lower the cost of health care. Health-care spending has outpaced the rise in all other consumer spending by nearly a factor of three since 1980, increasing to 18% of GDP in 2009 from 9% of GDP. This disturbing trend will not change regardless of who pays these costs -- government or the private sector -- unless we can find a way to improve the...
  • California grocer labor talks ongoing, deadline passes (Strike averted so far)

    09/18/2011 11:51:36 PM PDT · by bd476 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 18, 2011 10:49pm PDT
    California grocer labor talks ongoing, deadline passes 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,...
  • 72-hour warning for grocery strike issued

    09/16/2011 7:50:27 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 37 replies
    CNS ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 11:07 PM PDT
    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...
  • SoCal Grocery Workers Cancel Contract

    09/16/2011 8:39:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 67 replies
    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 management’s 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...
  • How Safeway Is Cutting Health-Care Costs

    06/12/2009 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 69 replies · 2,553+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12, 2009 | Steven Burd
    Market-based solutions can reduce the national health-care bill by 40%. Effective health-care reform must meet two objectives: 1) It must secure coverage for all Americans, and 2) it must dramatically lower the cost of health care. Health-care spending has outpaced the rise in all other consumer spending by nearly a factor of three since 1980, increasing to 18% of GDP in 2009 from 9% of GDP. This disturbing trend will not change regardless of who pays these costs -- government or the private sector -- unless we can find a way to improve the health of our citizens. Failure to...
  • Safeway Grocery Stores - Obama buttons (Vanity)

    10/09/2008 4:12:37 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 78 replies · 2,797+ views
    Vanity ^ | October 9, 2008 | wac3rd
    I was coming through the grocery line today when I encountered a female, middle-aged African American cashier sporting three (3) Obama political buttons on her smock. I paid for my items and promptly called Safeway's Pleasanton, CA headquarters and asked for the Public Relations office where I spoke to the Director. I asked her if Safeway, Inc. was officially endorsing Barack Obama as one of their cashiers clearly was showing political partisanship in the workplace. She said, "No, we have a strict dress code of no athletic, political or religious insignia". She asked for the store address and assured me...
  • My Local Safeway Store and Obama

    09/24/2008 10:22:28 AM PDT · by rivercat · 62 replies · 3,640+ views
    Vanity ^ | 9/24/2008 | Rivercat
    Yesterday I stopped by my local Safeway Grocery Store in the Washington Square shopping center in Petaluma, California. Right next to each entrance were Obama booths selling t-shirts, button, bumperstickers, etc. When I got home, we called Safeway and asked the "Store Manager of the Day" (his words) why they are allowing these partisan booths in front of the store. His response was (paraphrased) that they didn't do it, and that their landlord has the right to rent spots on their sidewalk. So, we called the Fulcrum Group, out of the Sacramento Area, and asked them if they rented this...
  • Jury Awards Cal. Man $18M for Harassment

    10/27/2006 11:28:29 PM PDT · by teldon30 · 37 replies · 1,583+ views
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/ ^ | October 27, 2006 | AP
    Jury Awards Cal. Man $18M for Harassment LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has ordered The Vons Companies Inc. to pay more than $18 million in damages to a former employee who claimed the supermarket chain fired him after he filed a report accusing a female supervisor of sexual harassment. The Simi Valley jury awarded more than $16 million in punitive damages to James Stevens on Friday, two days after ordering Vons to pay the one-time inventory clerk $1.7 million for economic loss and emotional distress, said attorney Gloria Allred, who represented Stevens. Stevens, a Ventura County resident who worked...
  • Simulated bomb found in Tucson supermarket

    08/20/2006 10:28:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 40 replies · 927+ views
    Tucson Police evacuated the Safeway store on Prince road and Campbell avenue for much of Saturday afternoon and into evening after an employee spotted a suspicious package. According to police, an employee called police at about 2:14 p.m. Saturday afternoon after spotting a package below the customer service counter. Sgt. Decio Hopffer said that when the bomb squad arrived and evacuated the store, "The bomb technician saw things in it that led them to believe that this was a live device and they had to take the necessary precautions to make sure no one was going to get hurt." Hopffer...
  • Bomb found at Tucson Safeway Store

    08/19/2006 11:30:26 PM PDT · by silentknight · 32 replies · 2,412+ views
    KGUN ^ | 8/20/06
    Bomb Scare At Tucson Grocery Store Jenny Rose KGUN9 News An explosive situation tied up the intersection of Prince and Campbell for hours after someone found a bomb at a grocery story. Jenny Rose has the latest. http://www.kgun9.com/NewsArticle/tabid/111...38/Default.aspx
  • A LETTER I WILL SEND TO MY LOCAL RAG

    05/05/2006 11:25:26 AM PDT · by 7thson · 15 replies · 753+ views
    I am writing this letter in answer to article concerning high gas prices, in the May 3 edition of the Calvert Independent. In addressing the high gasoline prices, I am not surprised to see the slant, or “spin,” that the greedy oil companies are the blame for the high prices. It never fails to amaze me when liberal minds continually spout the talking points spewed forth daily by the media. Why are gasoline prices high? Who is to blame? First, we have the onerous fuel blend regulations of the Carol Browner EPA of 1997, creating nearly 30 fuel blends nationwide....
  • Grocery shake-up raises bagful of questions

    02/19/2006 3:39:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 84 replies · 1,944+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/19/6 | Jon Ortiz
    Northern California's food fight is coming to a store near you. It's already hit Mary Thomatos, a loyal Albertsons customer until the chain closed its J Street store near her east Sacramento home last summer. Now the future of the other 25 Albertsons in the Sacramento region is in doubt after their parent company was sold last month. With Ralphs Supermarkets closing eight area stores soon, the grocery landscape is shifting so rapidly that by summer many consumers may no longer recognize their neighborhood store. Such change, those in the industry say, is something most of us should get used...
  • Safeway plans closings (Texas)

    10/19/2005 4:26:53 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 33 replies · 2,013+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Oct. 19, 05 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS
    Safeway, based in Pleasanton, Calif., said it will close 26 underperforming stores by year's end, including nine Tom Thumb stores in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will also shutter 16 Randalls stores in Houston and one in Austin. That will leave Safeway with 62 stores in Dallas-Fort Worth, 36 in Houston and 14 in Austin. It plans to remodel many of the remaining Texas stores to create so-called lifestyle centers, with higher-end products *** Analysts viewed the closings as a better alternative than exiting the market – an option never suggested by the company but repeatedly mulled by industry observers. They also...
  • Grocery giants reach labor agreement in Northern California

    12/20/2004 2:39:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 278+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/4 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three major grocers have reached a new labor agreement with 19,000 supermarket workers in Northern California, averting a threatened strike and laying the foundation for a possible truce with thousands of other employees in San Francisco Bay area stores. Jack Loveall, the union leader who negotiated the tentative contract with Safeway Inc., Albertson's Inc. and Kroger Co., celebrated the agreement as a significant breakthrough for supermarket workers fighting management's cost-cutting efforts. "Our challenge from the start was to protect the superior wages and benefits (supermarket workers) have enjoyed for decades," Loveall said in a taped message...
  • Pledge drive

    12/16/2004 10:24:25 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 256+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/16/4 | James Temple
    Grocery unions are escalating their efforts to collect customer pledges to boycott Safeway if ongoing contract talks break down, even as legal squabbles over the tactic proceed behind the scenes. Hundreds of members from 50 state labor and community groups this afternoon will solicit customer support at 54 Safeway stores in 25 cities across the Bay Area, according to the leaders of regional United Food and Commercial Workers locals. It's a significant step up from a similar four-city action held a month ago. The legal battle and swelling boycott campaign together speak of increasing tensions at the bargaining table, where...
  • Safeway to Open on Christmas (The unraveling of an American Tradition?)

    12/11/2004 5:45:15 AM PST · by mek1959 · 212 replies · 4,812+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/11/04 | mek1959
    Safeway Inc. yesterday said that for the first time, it will open many of its supermarkets on Christmas Day, a move that triggered an angry protest from the union representing the grocer's Washington area employees. Safeway will become the region's first -- and only -- major supermarket chain to operate stores on Christmas, one of the last holidays observed by U.S. grocers, which now routinely open on Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
  • Safeway Food and Drug Stores Masters of Deception

    11/04/2004 12:24:57 PM PST · by FoxPro · 79 replies · 4,721+ views
    Chuck Langenberg ^ | Unknown | Chuck Langenberg
    Safeway Food and Drug Stores Masters of Deception The Safeway system is carefully crafted to deceive their customers using an entire suite of elements. Such as their Club Card, computers, cash registers, ads, slogans, merchandise location, sign location, and the small print on their signs. Each assertion described below, is backed up by specific examples. This web page is based entirely on my own observations as a customer, with no knowledge or assistance from the inside. If you feel that anything herein is inaccurate or exaggerated, I would really appreciate it if you would please use my feedback form and...
  • KABC Talk Radio: Joe Crummey Live with the Latest on the Grocery Store Lock-out/Strike

    12/17/2003 6:25:34 PM PST · by bd476 · 5 replies · 313+ views
    Talk Radio 790 KABC-AM ^ | December 17, 2003
    Conservative Talk Show host Joe Crummey is taking calls concerning the latest news about the grocery store lock-out and strike. Union officials were in Los Angeles yesterday to discuss current negotiations. Joe Crummey believes the grocery store strikers are being misled by their Union. He suggests that workers re-read their contract. Page 12 of their contract says that workers get $4.04 (company paid insurance benefit per hour) for every hour they work. Mentions also that civil disobedience has now been suggested by a sympathetic union supporter.
  • Grocery Union Threatens Pickets Across U.S., Canada

    12/17/2003 11:33:14 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 86 replies · 398+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo News) ^ | 16 December 2003 | Sue Zeidler
    Grocery Union Threatens Pickets Across U.S., Canada Tue Dec 16, 7:55 PM ET By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Union leaders on Tuesday called for pickets of Safeway stores across North America in support of 70,000 Southern California grocery workers who have been out of work for two months in a contract dispute with Safeway and two other leading chains. Over the next few weeks, the United Food and Commercial Workers union said it would ask consumers not to shop at Safeway stores. Protests could also broaden to include acts of civil disobedience by supporting religious groups, a union...
  • 200 Evacuated at Costco [Salem, Oregon]

    11/29/2003 10:24:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 82 replies · 880+ views
    Statesman Journal.com ^ | 11-19-03 | Jody Lawrence-Turner
    <p>Employees and shoppers at Costco in Salem board Cherriots buses after the store was evacuated before noon Tuesday after several became ill.</p> <p>At least 24 suffer an illness.</p> <p>Five shoppers passed out inside Costco on Tuesday, causing the evacuation of more than 200 customers and employees.</p>
  • Teamsters Join Calif. Supermarket Strike

    11/24/2003 11:16:37 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 23 replies · 316+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo News) ^ | 24 November 2003 | Jeremiah Marquez
    Teamsters Join Calif. Supermarket Strike By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ, Associated Press Writer EL MONTE, Calif. - The Teamsters union said Monday its members will stop delivering groceries to three Southern California supermarket chains where grocery clerks have been on strike or been locked out for more than a month. The move effectively shuts off supplies to Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores during the critical Thanksgiving shopping week. The action, taken after the striking clerks moved to expand their picket lines to regional distribution centers, was called a "silver bullet" by Jim Santangelo, president of Teamsters Joint Council 42 in El Monte....
  • Safeway CEO stands firm (SoCal grocery strike)

    10/17/2003 7:22:17 AM PDT · by Snerfling · 55 replies · 251+ views
    CONTRA COSTA TIMES ^ | 10/17/2003 | Janet Adamy
    Safeway's chief executive said Thursday that striking Southern California grocery workers won't get a better contract offer as the Pleasanton grocer reported another quarter of lackluster sales. The nation's third-largest supermarket chain said it is willing to take a temporary hit at its 289 Vons stores -- where picketers are turning customers away -- in exchange for cheaper labor costs in the long run.
  • Safeway's earnings prospects grim

    10/17/2003 3:11:22 PM PDT · by ambrose · 10 replies · 136+ views
    sfgate ^ | 10-17-03 | sfgate
    <p>Fending off competition from discount chains while watching third- quarter profits drop by 28 percent, Safeway must now contend with an even bleaker picture in the fourth quarter, as its striking workers in Southern California threaten to drive down sales.</p>
  • Kroger Stores To Close Due To Striking Workers; 44 stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

    10/13/2003 10:23:00 AM PDT · by Brian S · 26 replies · 565+ views
    Workers Vote To Strike Tuesday POSTED: 12:16 p.m. EDT October 13, 2003 UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. EDT October 13, 2003 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Union workers at 44 Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky voted Monday to strike after rejecting the company's contract offer. More than 2,000 members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 approved the strike Monday morning at a meeting in Charleston, more than the two-thirds majority required to authorize a strike, said Local 400 President Jim Lowthers. The union represents about 3,300 workers for the Cincinnati-based chain in 37 stores in West Virginia, five in...
  • Check Food Bought at Safeway, FDA Says

    09/22/2003 3:58:05 AM PDT · by 11B3 · 19 replies · 286+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune | 21 Sep 03 | AP
    Check food bought at Safeway, FDA says The Associated Press A top Food and Drug Administration official stressed Saturday that the tampering concerns being investigated by his agency and the FBI are limited to Safeway stores in Western Washington. In an interview from Washington, D.C., Peter Pitts, an associate FDA commissioner, said he's "not sure what's being tested and what it's being tested for." But he said food items purchased recently from Safeway stores should be inspected for indications the packaging has been disturbed or "anything that might look unusual to the consumer." Items that might have been tampered with...
  • Safeway Reports 4Q Loss of $1 Billion

    02/06/2003 6:40:35 PM PST · by PAR35 · 55 replies · 689+ views
    AP via Austin American-Statesman ^ | 2/6/03 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP)--Slumping supermarket giant Safeway Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss Thursday of $1.05 billion, reflecting the grocer's continuing headaches with two major acquisitions in Texas and Illinois. The loss of $2.37 per share for the October-December period contrasted with a profit of $353.6 million, or 70 cents per share, the previous year. Fourth-quarter sales totaled $10.01 billion, up from $9.93 billion a year earlier. Safeway absorbed $1.5 billion in fourth-quarter charges to account for troubles at two grocers, Houston-based Randall's and Chicago-based Dominick's, that it bought for a total of $2.5 billion during the late 1990s. {snip} Besides sustaining...