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October 24, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 16, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2003 | Melinda Fulmer, Abigail Goldman and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
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.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2003 | Melinda Fulmer, E. Scott Reckard and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
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.'
BUSINESS
October 6, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2003 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2003 | Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writer
Federal utility regulators have ordered hearings into whether energy suppliers overcharged the city of Burbank and the Kroger Co. supermarket operator for long-term electricity contracts signed during the energy crisis. But first, Burbank and Kroger must hold settlement talks with the power sellers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in an order issued Monday. Burbank's complaint seeks to lower the price of contracts signed with subsidiaries of Calpine Corp.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Kroger Co. said fourth-quarter earnings rose 8.7% after the largest U.S. grocery chain and owner of Ralphs reduced costs. Net income in the quarter ended Feb. 1 rose to $381 million, or 50 cents a share, from $350.4 million, or 43 cents, in the year-ago quarter when the company had $31.7 million in restructuring expenses. Sales rose 2.8% to $12.5 billion, Kroger said. Profit for 2003, excluding certain expenses, will be in line with Kroger's December forecast of $1.65 a share, the company said.
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January 18, 2003 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
California officials filed a lawsuit Friday against five grocery store companies, alleging that the grocers failed to properly warn consumers that the fresh and frozen fish they sell exposes consumers to mercury, a chemical known to cause cancer and reproductive harm. The state attorney general's lawsuit seeks to force the grocers to post warnings about mercury in tuna, shark and swordfish. The complaint names Kroger Co.
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