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February 21, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Talks aimed at ending the Central and Southern California supermarket strike and lockout, described as "intense" by the union, continued for a 10th straight day Friday, and one analyst said a settlement could be "only days away." Extending the longest streak of talks since the labor dispute began more than four months ago, negotiators for the United Food and Commercial Workers union and the three grocery chains involved continued meeting under the supervision of federal mediator Peter J.
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.
September 24, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Bloodied by a long strike and lockout that left Southern California supermarket workers with higher health insurance expenses and without regular raises, their union has a new strategy: Divide and conquer. In a departure from previous contract talks, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union plans to negotiate with each major grocery chain separately rather than bargaining with the employers as a group. The current contract expires March 5.
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.
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