January 12, 2004 |
Secret talks aimed at ending the supermarket strike and lockout in Southern and Central California broke off with no resolution Sunday, three months from the date the job actions began. "We're extremely disappointed," said Ellen Anreder, a spokeswoman for the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Representatives of the UFCW and three supermarket companies "were trying to develop some kind of common ground" before resuming formal negotiations with a federal mediator, Anreder said.
December 24, 2003 |
The three supermarket companies engaged in an 10-week-old labor dispute surrendered a copy of their controversial mutual-aid pact to California Atty. Gen. William Lockyer late Tuesday just as Lockyer's lawyers filed suit to gain the document, officials said. Lockyer is investigating the pact on antitrust grounds, and had subpoenaed a copy from Albertsons Inc., Ralphs parent Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc., which owns Vons and Pavilions.
December 23, 2003 |
The three chains in the supermarket dispute held last-minute talks Monday with the state attorney general over his demand that they surrender a copy of their controversial mutual-aid pact. Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, citing potential antitrust violations, subpoenaed Safeway Inc., Kroger Co. and Albertsons Inc. on Dec. 1, asking them to produce the agreement by the close of business Monday.
November 27, 2003 |
Just as pressure builds on the grocery workers, the toll on the supermarkets keeps climbing by millions of dollars a day, especially now that Thanksgiving has arrived and Christmas is approaching. The holiday period represents about 10% of annual sales for the three chains in the labor dispute. The companies -- Albertsons Inc., Kroger Co.'s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions -- are together losing $40 million a week in sales to a group of eight smaller chains, including Stater Bros.
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.