November 21, 2003 |
A union-backed consumer lawsuit filed Thursday against the three supermarket chains in the 6-week-old strike and lockout alleges that the chains' unusual mutual-aid pact violates California antitrust law. The suit casts a spotlight on a key element of the labor dispute that has seldom been mentioned since the strike began Oct. 11 and that executives at the grocery stores -- Kroger Co.'s Ralphs, Albertsons Inc. and Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions -- refuse to discuss publicly in any detail.
November 13, 2003 |
The supermarket talks have been shelved. Federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen on Wednesday suspended negotiations between the grocery workers union and the Southland's three major food chains. Talks had resumed Monday after a monthlong stalemate. Hurtgen said the sessions had been useful, but he did not say when they would start back up.
November 12, 2003 |
Kroger Co., Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Inc. have filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against one of the union locals on strike in Southern California. The supermarkets alleged in a complaint filed Monday that United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 in Orange County was threatening employees who were considering crossing picket lines to return to work during the strike. Last month the UCFW launched a strike against Safeway Inc.'
October 24, 2003 |
The United Food and Commercial Workers union sued three major supermarket chains Thursday for failing to pay striking and locked-out workers wages they claim they are owed under California law. The union launched a strike against Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores at midnight Oct. 11. Albertsons Inc. and Ralphs, a unit of Kroger Co., then locked out their union workers.
October 16, 2003 |
Southern California grocers and their striking employees dug in for the long haul Wednesday, as stores said they were starting to run smoothly and unions representing everyone from actors to janitors pledged to stock food banks and crank up a campaign to broaden public support. "We intend to be more aggressive," Miguel Contreras, the top official at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said at a strategy session with dozens of union and community leaders Wednesday.
October 14, 2003 |
As union picketing in front of Southern California supermarkets entered its second full day Monday, shoppers found deserted aisles, closed departments and more than a few delays, with novice replacement workers logging their first hours behind the cash register. Grocery employees belonging to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union launched a strike at Safeway Inc.'s Vons stores late Saturday night. Workers at Kroger Co.'s Ralphs chain and Albertsons Inc.
October 13, 2003 |
Shoppers in Southern California arrived at their local supermarkets Sunday to buy groceries, only to find turmoil as thousands of union workers picketed the region's three largest chains. The first supermarket strike in Southern California in 25 years started late Saturday night as members of the United Food and Commercial Workers walked off the job at Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores. By early Sunday, employees at Albertsons Inc. outlets and Kroger Co.'
October 6, 2003 |
Facing a midnight expiration of their labor contract, negotiators for the major supermarket chains in Southern California and unions representing about 70,000 workers said late Sunday that they remained far apart on wages and benefits. Union leaders warned that a regionwide strike could start as early as Saturday.
September 17, 2003 |
Supermarket giant Kroger Co. said its second-quarter earnings dropped 28% from a year earlier, hurt by competition from discount grocers and last month's blackout. It also lowered its earnings outlook for the full year. Kroger, which operates Ralphs and other supermarkets, earned $190.4 million, or 25 cents a share, in the three months ended Aug. 16, compared with $264 million, or 33 cents a share, a year earlier. Kroger's shares fell 85 cents to $17.80 on the New York Stock Exchange.
July 4, 2003 |
Dynegy Inc. agreed to cancel two disputed energy supply contracts and restructure two others that were signed by grocery giant Kroger Co. during California's energy crisis, according to a settlement announced Thursday. Under the agreement, Kroger will pay Houston-based Dynegy $110 million in return for nullifying two contracts and reducing the prices in the others.