December 7, 2004 |
Three major supermarket chains have agreed to pay $22.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by janitors who said they were illegally classified as subcontractors and systematically underpaid at hundreds of Southern California stores. The money will be split among at least 2,100 janitors who worked at Albertsons Inc., Ralphs Grocery Co. and Safeway Inc.'s Vons supermarkets from 1994 to 2001.
September 18, 2004 |
Ralphs Grocery Co. workers who crossed picket lines and worked under false names and Social Security numbers during last winter's lockout could get immunity from prosecution if they cooperate with federal investigators, according to a letter the grocery chain sent this week to employees. Ralphs told the employees it would not take disciplinary action against hourly workers who falsified information if they voluntarily identified themselves to its legal department.
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July 22, 2004 |
Ralphs Grocery Co. agreed Wednesday to offer free two-night hotel stays to thousands of customers who qualified for a 2003 sales promotion but weren't told of restrictions on the prizes. The supermarket chain reached a settlement with the state attorney general's office to resolve allegations that it engaged in deceptive advertising and unfair business practices in its "Great Escape" promotion. The settlement was approved Wednesday by San Diego County Superior Court Judge John Einhorn.
June 19, 2004 |
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have convened a grand jury to investigate whether managers at some Ralphs grocery stores violated federal criminal laws during the five-month Southern California grocery strike, the chain's parent company said. Kroger Co. said in a regulatory filing that it was cooperating with authorities.
April 20, 2004 |
The owner of the Ralphs grocery chain has set aside $116 million to compensate two rivals under a controversial mutual-aid pact the trio devised in anticipation of the California supermarket strike and lockout, regulatory filings show. Kroger Co.'s payout to Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Inc. will probably be between $72 million and $75 million after taxes, analyst Andrew Wolf of BB&T Capital Markets said Monday.
February 25, 2004 |
U.S. securities regulators sanctioned three former Ralphs grocery accounting executives for bookkeeping violations that caused Ralphs' parent, Kroger Co., to restate its earnings in 2001. The executives improperly placed the company's excess income in liability accounts instead of reporting it as income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.
February 20, 2004 |
Stocks of the supermarket chains in the Central and Southern California labor dispute rose Thursday as investors speculated that the long strike and lockout could soon end. The shares of Safeway Inc., the parent of Vons and Pavilions; Kroger Co., which owns Ralphs; and Albertsons Inc. climbed 1% to 3% as the chains' negotiators met for the ninth straight day with union officials and a federal mediator. Negotiations were expected to continue today.
February 3, 2004 |
The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles is looking into allegations that Ralphs supermarket managers have illegally hired locked-out union workers under false names and Social Security numbers, according to federal law enforcement sources. "Agents are on the streets talking to people," said one source, adding that "dozens" of workers were interviewed over the weekend and that store managers might be contacted this week. "The investigators are finding some very interesting information."
January 27, 2004 |
As union leaders seek an end to the bitter supermarket strike and lockout in California, they would like nothing more than to bargain with just one grocery executive: David Dillon. Dillon is the relatively new chief executive of Kroger Co. Its Ralphs chain owns the most stores affected by the clash -- 300 -- compared with 259 Albertsons Inc. stores and 293 Safeway Inc. Vons and Pavilions stores.
January 15, 2004 |
Another California public pension fund called on the supermarket chains to end a 3-month-old strike and lockout that the fund says is harming its investments in the chains. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. voted to urge the stores -- Safeway Inc., which owns Vons and Pavilions; Kroger Co., the parent of Ralphs; and Albertsons Inc. -- to solve their dispute with the United Food and Commercial Workers union.