June 23, 2007 |
As Southern California's grocery workers union readies for a strike vote Sunday, there are already efforts to restart negotiations with the big supermarket chains, possibly as soon as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Talks broke off Thursday between the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons over a contract for 65,000 workers.
May 9, 2007 |
Union leaders representing 65,000 grocery workers on Tuesday broke off contract talks with Southern California's largest supermarket chains in a dispute over health insurance. The breakdown in negotiations may push the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons closer to a repeat of the bitter strike and lockout that turned Southern California grocery shopping into disarray for nearly five months beginning in October 2003.
April 17, 2007 |
Southern California's three largest supermarket chains and the grocery workers union resumed talks Monday with both sides urging harmony. Negotiations broke down April 4 amid escalating tensions over the threat of a strike by the union and an employee lockout by the companies. Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons are negotiating with the union to craft a new agreement for its 65,000 workers. It will replace a contract that originally was set to expire March 5, but has been extended twice.
January 31, 2007 |
The big supermarket chains and union officials have started talks on a new labor contract. If those early contacts have been the appetizers, the players will sit down to the main course Monday, when Southern California's biggest grocery union local meets with Ralphs Grocery Co. Healthcare benefits will be the central issue, just as they were in late 2003, when contract talks disintegrated into a 4 1/2 -month strike and lockout.
October 17, 2006 |
A federal judge on Monday approved Ralphs grocery chain's guilty plea to felony charges that it illegally rehired locked-out workers during the Southern California supermarket labor dispute almost three years ago. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said the company's pledge to cooperate in a continuing investigation was a key factor in his decision to approve the agreement.
July 27, 2006 |
Ralphs grocery chain formally pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges that it illegally rehired locked-out employees during the 2003-04 supermarket labor dispute in Southern and Central California. The pleas in federal court in Los Angeles followed a June 30 agreement between the supermarket chain and federal prosecutors. It called for the company to plead guilty and pay a total of $70 million in fines and restitution. The company would also be placed on three years' probation. U.S.
July 1, 2006 |
The Ralphs grocery chain said Friday that it had agreed to pay $70 million in fines and restitution to settle criminal charges that it illegally rehired locked-out workers during the supermarket labor dispute in Southern California more than two years ago. Under a proposed agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Ralphs would plead guilty to five felony charges included in the 53-count grand jury indictment returned against the company in December.
June 30, 2006 |
The Ralphs grocery chain plans to plead guilty to charges that it illegally rehired hundreds of locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket dispute more than two years ago, the company's parent said Thursday. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. said in a regulatory filing that Ralphs "expects to enter into an agreement that will include a plea of guilty to some of the charges" in a 53-count indictment handed up in December by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
January 31, 2006 |
Ralphs Grocery Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that store managers violated federal laws by secretly rehiring nearly 1,000 locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket labor dispute of 2003-04. Representatives of Southern California's largest grocery chain appeared in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alongside shackled, orange-jumpsuit-clad suspects in other matters, to listen as the company's case was assigned to Judge Percy Anderson.
December 22, 2005 |
Let's stipulate that in the eyes of the law Ralphs Grocery Co. is innocent until proven guilty. That out of the way? Now, let's examine the tale of unparalleled sleaziness outlined in the 106-page indictment of Ralphs handed up last week by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. The document's thrust is that, in 2003, Ralphs executives tried to undermine the United Food and Commercial Workers union through a full-bore criminal conspiracy.