CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1999 |
Several former and current employees of the Gigante supermarket chain complained of alleged unfair labor practices during a community forum at the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley on Saturday. About 200 people, including public officials and community group members, attended the meeting sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 770 in Los Angeles.
May 5, 1999 |
It won't be the Battle of Puebla, but hundreds of union activists are set for a contentious face-off at today's grand opening of Grupo Gigante's first California supermarket. The 60,000-square-foot Gigante store in Pico Rivera is the first of six markets the Mexican retailer plans to open in the Southland. Its opening was timed to coincide with Cinco de Mayo celebrations, which commemorate the defeat of French invaders at Puebla, Mexico.
November 18, 1998 |
Ben & Jerry's, the offbeat Vermont ice cream maker known for its caring capitalism and wacky product names, is fighting the efforts of some of its employees to unionize. In a National Labor Relations Board hearing Tuesday, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. employees sought permission to organize 19 maintenance workers at the company's plant in St. Albans, Vt. Company lawyers argued the union vote should be held among all plant workers, not just the maintenance employees.
September 24, 1996 |
Delivery truck drivers for Southern California's largest tortilla maker approved a new contract late Wednesday, ending a six-week strike against the Guerrero tortilla brand. The strike was not large, involving only about 160 drivers, but it grabbed headlines and the attention of politicians, and was touted as a symbol of a resurgent labor movement.
September 21, 1996 |
Employees Sue Albertson's Supermarkets: Ten current or former employees of the Albertson's supermarket chain in California have filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco accusing the company of pressuring staffers to work unpaid overtime. The suit, backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers union, mirrors a similar case that it filed against the company earlier this month in a Washington state court.
August 8, 1996 |
About 160 unionized truck drivers have gone on strike against Southern California's largest tortilla manufacturer, and shortages are starting to crop up--dire news for devotees of a staple that has flat-out boomed in popularity even among non-Latino customers. Because the strike so far hasn't affected the company's brand of tortillas marketed to non-Latinos, the shortages to date appear to be limited to Latino neighborhoods.