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July 19, 2007 | Ronald D. White and Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writers
As Southern California's grocery workers' union trumpeted what it described as a victory in protracted contract talks with the region's largest supermarket chains, workers expressed relief Wednesday. The agreement came Tuesday night after months of negotiations and repeated threats of strikes and lockouts. The 65,000 union members who work at 785 Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons stores from San Diego to Bakersfield are expected to approve the new four-year pact in voting Sunday.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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