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November 29, 2003 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Supplies at Southland supermarkets appeared to be a mixed bag Friday, with some Ralphs stores boasting nearly full shelves even though Teamsters are now honoring United Food and Commercial Workers union picket lines at warehouses. Perishables such as fruit and vegetables were considerably scarcer at Vons and Albertsons, according to a spot-check of several stores.
September 9, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The hotel workers union said Wednesday that it would vote next week to authorize a strike against nine prominent Los Angeles County hotels, further heightening tensions in their protracted contract dispute. A strike authorization in Monday's vote could give the union additional leverage against the hotels, which have a mutual-support pact that requires all of them to lock out union workers if the union strikes just one hotel.
November 19, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland and Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writers
Frustrated that negotiations to end the supermarket strike have stalled, union leader Rick Icaza on Tuesday accused grocery chains and the federal mediator of stonewalling. Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 in Los Angeles, said he was led to believe that talks with federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen would resume by today after breaking off last week.
February 9, 2004
Southern California grocery executives and labor union leaders haven't been in the same room in more than seven weeks, and their last session, Dec. 19, ended abruptly. But there is so much riding on resolving the strike and lockout, entering its fifth month, that hope over news of renewed talks this week can't be suppressed. Shoppers who have had to take sides in order to buy a gallon of milk shouldn't expect miracles from Peter J.
September 15, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 2,000 waiters, housekeepers and other union workers at nine upscale Los Angeles County hotels set the table for a strike, labor leaders said Tuesday, hoping for added leverage in stalled contract negotiations. About 75% of the roughly 2,800 members of the Unite Here union cast ballots Monday, and 83% of them authorized the union to strike. The vote doesn't launch a strike, but it gives union leaders the right to call one should labor talks fail.
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.
December 4, 2003 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writers
Democratic presidential candidate Richard A. Gephardt joined striking grocery workers on a West Hollywood picket line Wednesday, calling them heroes who were making sacrifices to protect their families' rights. "These folks have been out here for two months, fighting for health care for their families," Rep. Gephardt, of Missouri, said. "I believe that what they're fighting for is a moral issue." Workers struck Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores Oct.
August 11, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Nine major Los Angeles hotels, facing a determined union and a protracted contract fight, suggested Tuesday that a federal mediator step in. The move came as the dispute appeared likely to spread to San Francisco, where hotel labor contracts expire Saturday, and Washington, where they run out in mid-September.
December 22, 2003 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
When talks aimed at settling the Southern and Central California grocery strike resume, the supermarkets' negotiators will have a staunch, if invisible, ally at the bargaining table: Wall Street stock analysts. Throughout the bitter labor dispute, many analysts have supported the supermarkets' effort to win wage-and-benefits savings from their union employees, even though the dispute could cost the chains $1 billion or more in combined lost sales.
March 8, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
While most of California slept, the longest supermarket strike in U.S. history was settled in Steve Stemerman's hotel room. It was 3 a.m. Feb. 23 when Stemerman, the United Food and Commercial Workers union's lead negotiator, and one of his colleagues huddled at the Hyatt Newporter with representatives of the three national supermarket companies whose insistence on slashing their labor costs had persuaded the union to strike.
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