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December 28, 1989
Max J. Osslo, who was known as much for his civic contributions as for his support of working people for more than half a century, died Tuesday in a convalescent hospital in Encinitas. He was 81. Osslo, who came to California from Colorado in 1933, worked as a butcher in Coronado for three years before becoming an official of the local meat cutters union. At the time the local had fewer than 70 members. By the early 1970s the membership had risen to more than 3,000.
November 18, 1988
Southern California meat cutters overwhelmingly approved a new contract with seven major supermarket chains, averting the possibility of a strike during the holidays. Nearly 92% of the workers who cast ballots Wednesday approved the agreement, according to results released Thursday in Los Angeles by the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents the 8,000 meat cutters.
November 15, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Southern California meat cutters and wrappers over the weekend soundly rejected a contract proposal by the major supermarkets, sending negotiators for both sides back to the bargaining table on Monday. Norm Bell, spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCWU) Local 135 in San Diego, said that workers rejected the proposal from the Food Employers Council of Southern California by a 97% margin.
November 14, 1988 | HOWARD BLUME, Times Staff Writer
As union officials representing 8,000 meat cutters counted ballots Sunday night, they predicted that their rank and file would overwhelmingly reject a contract offer intended to avert a strike at seven of the Southland's largest supermarket chains. "We've received an offer that is totally unacceptable," said Bob Bleiweiss, spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 905 and 1036. He said the contract offer surprised union officials "because we thought we were making progress."
October 26, 1987 | CHRIS DE LUCA, Times Staff Writer
Jerry Hemberger, who has had Charger season tickets for 10 years, didn't think twice about driving down from Orange County for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. "I pay to watch the Chargers play, and the Chargers are an organization," said Hemberger, 27, who moved from San Diego to Orange County four years ago. "When I first started coming to Charger games, all the players were different from who's out there now."
December 30, 1985 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from their national leadership, their employers and fellow unionists, enough members of three dissident meat cutter union locals grudgingly voted approval of a new contract Sunday to end the eight-week Southern California supermarket labor dispute. It was the second time the meat cutters had voted on the offer in four days. Their rejection of it Thursday delayed an expected settlement.
December 30, 1985 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
"Maybe it's just something in me that wants to fight and hold out," a grim-faced Ron Cattani said a few minutes after he dropped his "no" vote into the ballot box. A majority of striking Southern California meat cutters voted Sunday to approve a new three-year contract, ending a bitter 7 1/2 weeks of dispute. But not Local 551, the union chapter that represents Orange County and parts of southeastern Los Angeles County. On a 333-296 vote, they said no.
December 28, 1985 | BOB BAKER and HARRY BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writers
In an effort to salvage a tentative settlement of the Southern California supermarket strike, members of three meat cutters union locals that rejected a new contract are being asked to vote again on the same pact Sunday. Meanwhile, some members of the Teamsters Union, the other union involved in the 54-day-old labor dispute, began returning to work on Friday, a day after their membership easily ratified a separate pact.
December 27, 1985 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
The tentative settlement of the Southern California supermarket strike-lockout fell apart on Thursday when members of one of the two unions involved in the 53-day-old dispute refused to ratify a new three-year contract. With surprising vehemence, 55% of the meat cutters and meat wrappers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers voted against the contract submitted to them by the Food Employers Council, which negotiated on behalf of seven supermarket chains.
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