You are here

Supermarket and union reps still meeting in the hopes of avoiding strike - Daily News

Representatives from three supermarket chains and the union representing 62,000 grocery store clerks held contract negotiations early today to avoid another supermarket strike in Southern California.

"They really are looking at every possibility," said Todd Conger, spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324 in Buena Park. "We really don't want to strike."

Conger said supermarket jobs have been "good middle-class jobs," but the big three chains are trying to make them "Burger King" jobs.

Kroger profit up 7.3%, sales top $20 BILLION - L.A. Times

Employee Battiste Johnson, right, bags groceries for Sharon Weeks at Ralphs in Malibu in May 2010. Ralphs is one of the grocery chains owned by Kroger, which reported a 7.3% increase in second-quarter earnings. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times / September 10, 2011)

Ralphs operator Kroger Co. said its second-quarter profit and sales rose, but the nation's largest grocery store operator said shoppers are feeling bleaker about the economy.

Bill to Ban Self-Serve Alcohol Sales in California Lands on Governor's Desk - Sacramento Bee

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alcohol Justice (formerly Marin Institute) is calling on California Governor Jerry Brown to quickly sign AB 183 to ban alcohol sales through self-serve checkout machines in California. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), passed through the state Senate last week on a vote of 21 to 16 with 3 abstentions.

Local 770 Wins Victory for Farmer John Food Service Workers

On August 26, around 140 workers at Farmer John Food Service in Vernon, Calif. (Los Angeles) voted to stand together for a voice at work with Local 770. The workers at the plant, wholly owned by Hormel Foods, mostly make pre-cooked sausage and bacon.

“We needed a union because there was no respect in our workplace,” said Maria Alonzo, who works in the pre-cooked sausage department at Farmer John Food Service. “All of us that believed and wanted a union stood strongly together although the company tried to intimidate us.”

Union Workers To Meet With Grocery Stores Next Week For Mediation - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Southland grocery workers and union officials staged a rally Monday in another push for a new contract, stressing they do not want to go on strike, but they will if they don’t believe they are receiving fair labor offers from the owners of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons.

KNX 1070′s John Brooks Reports

Union leaders say no grocery strike this week - KABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Union leaders announced on Monday that there will be no supermarket strike this week. The union and representatives of Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons stores have agreed to go back to the bargaining table next Monday.

Negotiators for the grocery workers union and the major supermarket chains are set to go back to the bargaining table next Monday, as directed by a federal mediator.

Grocery Workers Hope for More Negotiations as Strike Looms - ABC7

Union representatives expressed hope Sunday that Southern California's major grocery chains would return to the bargaining table as a strike over health care and wages looms.

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers voted by more than 90 percent over the last two days to reject Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons latest contract proposals. The vote sets the stage for a possible strike.

Southern California grocery workers authorize a strike - Reuters

(Reuters) - The union representing 62,000 grocery workers in southern California has received the go-ahead from members to call a strike if an acceptable contract deal cannot be reached with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets, officials said on Sunday.

Supermarket union workers authorize strike; Walkout could happen this week - KABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Supermarket union workers have voted to authorize leaders to call a strike, if necessary. A possible walkout could happen as early as the middle of next week.

The vote to authorize a strike passed with 90 percent approval.

Employees have overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons management, setting the stage for a possible walkout. Thousands of employees cast ballots Friday and Saturday, with the focus on whether to accept a more costly healthcare plans.

Southern California Grocery Workers Reject Contract Deal - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Southern California grocery workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject a health care proposal from major supermarket chains and authorize their union leaders to call a strike, a spokesman said Sunday.

More than 90 percent of voters from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, which has about 62,000 members, rejected the proposal from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores.

Grocery union vote backs strike at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons - LA Times

Members of a union that represents 62,000 grocery workers at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if an agreement on a new contract can't be reached.

The strike authorization won the backing of more than 90% of the United Food and Commercial Workers members who voted, easily more than the two-thirds majority required, the union said.

Union rejects supermarket healthcare proposal - ABC7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Supermarket union workers have overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons management, setting the stage for a possible walkout.

The results of the strike-authorization vote by union grocery workers were expected to be released Sunday.

UFCW Urges Calif. Members to Reject Offer - Supermarket News

LOS ANGELES— Leaders of the seven Southern California locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union told SN Wednesday they plan to ask members to reject the employers' contract proposal.

Grocery labor fight heats up, stores start hiring potential strike breakers

Will Southern Californians face another grocery store strike? Depending on what happens in the next few days, the answer could be yes.

Labor negotiations are dragging into the sixth month between the United Food and Commercial Workers and Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. Both sides, which are meeting this week, are trying to hammer out a complete contract offer to present to workers. Healthcare benefits remain a divisive issue. So are wages and staffing levels.

Jesse Jackson Backs Calif. Grocery Workers - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has joined Southern California grocery workers who are fighting proposed health care hikes in a contract struggle with major supermarket chains.

Jackson and other activists met with local Ralphs executives Wednesday at a Los Angeles store to express their concerns. Jackson says he’ll hold another meeting with supermarket higher-ups.

Grocery Workers Union Ready for Strike Vote - NBC LA

Signs of a work stoppage were on display Sunday as both sides involved in grocery worker contract negotiations prepared for a week that might end with a strike vote.

Local 770 members met Sunday at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank. Picket signs were on conference room tables during meetings at which members discussed what to expect this week.

Grocery union, big 3 supermarkets at odds over healthcare - ABC7

CRENSHAW DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Grocery workers threaten to strike the big three supermarket chains in Southern California in a dispute over healthcare. Grocery workers rallied Wednesday, pushing for a new contract with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. The employers have offered a new proposal on the major issue of healthcare.

Grocery Workers Join Picket Lines In Front Of 3 Ralphs Stores - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES — Picketers are outside three Ralphs supermarkets Wednesday, in what could be a preview of another grocery workers strike.

Sindicato decidirá si se va a huelga - La Opinión (edición Impresa)

El Sindicato de Trabajadores de Comercio y Alimentos (UFCW) hará una votación el 19 o 20 de este mes, para decidir si sus 62 mil miembros en el Sur de California se van a la huelga en contra de los supermercados Ralphs, Albertson's y Vons.

Con un contrato colectivo que expiró hace cinco meses y con las negociaciones estancadas, los representantes sindicales han decido iniciar esta semana una serie de protestas frente a los supermercados para insistir a la corporación de supermercados que ratifiquen las cláusulas del contrato anterior que les garantice un sueldo justo y cuidado médico.

Grocery Workers Rally Outside Ralph's Supermarkets - KTLA 5

SHERMAN OAKS- Hundreds of grocery workers rallied at three Ralph's supermarkets today to call attention to stalled contract negotiations.

Roughly 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California are ready to vote on giving their unions the go-ahead for a strike if Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets do not put an acceptable contract offer on the table by next week, a union spokesman says.