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January 23, 1994 | IRIS YOKOI
Joined by members of other labor unions, employees of Yaohan markets picketed the local store to protest the Japanese supermarket company's refusal to grant periodic wage increases to workers at its nine U.S. stores. Carrying protest signs written in Japanese and English, several dozen workers picketed in front of the store at 333 S. Alameda St., where the headquarters of Yaohan U.S.A. Corp. are also located, for about two hours Jan. 14.
April 10, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
As the picket signs were being packed away three years ago, Georgene Haubenreisser urged the relatives she had helped steer into supermarket careers to get out of the business. Haubenreisser herself planned to hang on until she could retire, having already put in 24 years. The matriarch of a family with 10 members who had staked out careers in Ralphs supermarket aisles, she became disillusioned with the grocery industry after the hardships of a 141-day labor dispute that ended in February 2004.
July 24, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The new labor agreement for Southern California grocery workers approved over the weekend contains a cautionary message for employers: Two-tier pay scales are trouble. Although that approach may slash labor expenses, it also can divide a workforce into groups of haves and have-nots, labor experts say, and it doesn't always turn out to be the cost-saver companies expect.
June 2, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Negotiators for the big grocery chains and store clerks have reached a tentative agreement on the thorny issue of health benefits, making it increasingly likely that Southland shoppers won't endure a strike this summer. Both sides are guarded in their public comments, noting that hurdles remain. But "we are closer than the rhetoric would lead one to believe," said one person familiar with the talks. The optimism at the bargaining table has filtered down to the rank and file.
April 23, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Shopper Peter Wormer is baffled. He can't believe that another supermarket strike could be around the corner. He said he stopped shopping at Vons -- for good -- the last time around. Longtime Albertsons worker Hugh Evans doesn't get it either. "I don't want a strike," he said. Last time, he said, it cost him $20,000 in savings. Even Costco executives are shaking their heads at the idea -- despite the prospect of more shoppers coming their way.
October 22, 2003 | Dana Parsons
A retired school librarian, Patricia Bayley has read up over the years on the union movement in the United States and admires the work of the nation's early labor pioneers. Names like Reuther and Gompers and Lewis mean something to her. So do names like Helen and Rose and George. They're not labor lions, but they've brought the movement to Bayley's Anaheim working-class neighborhood.
October 10, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
A potential strike by union supermarket workers won the backing of organized labor throughout Southern California on Thursday, in a show of force that some hoped would push the three major grocery chains to reconsider demands for deep cuts in health and pension benefits. Union and market negotiators were set to meet with a federal mediator this afternoon, but there was little sign that either side was willing to give ground.
June 23, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
As Southern California's grocery workers union readies for a strike vote Sunday, there are already efforts to restart negotiations with the big supermarket chains, possibly as soon as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Talks broke off Thursday between the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons over a contract for 65,000 workers.
February 29, 2004 | John O'Dell, Debora Vrana and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
Grocery workers began voting Saturday on a labor pact that offered no raises but would put them back on the job after nearly five months on picket lines. At polling places in Los Angeles and Orange counties, union members' support for the contract appeared widespread -- if not enthusiastic. "We don't really have a choice. We have to go back to work," said Larry Clow, 38, who hopes to return soon to his position as night manager of a Vons in south Orange County.
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