September 20, 2011 |
In the end, Southern California's big three grocery chains and their unionized workers settled their labor fight because of this economic reality: Another strike would have severely damaged both sides. On Monday, negotiators for Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons and the United Food and Commercial Workers reached a tentative deal, averting a strike that would have sent more than 54,000 workers across Southern California off the job. After months of public posturing and private wrangling, the negotiations grew urgent Sunday evening after a key deadline passed, clearing the way for a labor stoppage at any time.
August 17, 2011 |
This weekend, an estimated 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California will vote — for the second time — on whether to give their union locals the go-ahead to strike. Labor negotiations are dragging into the sixth month between the United Food and Commercial Workers and Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. Both sides, which continue to meet this week, are trying to hammer out a complete contract offer to present to the workers. Healthcare benefits remain a divisive issue. So do wages and staffing levels.
June 9, 2011 |
Holding signs that said, "L.A. isn't Wisconsin," representatives of 62,000 unionized grocery store workers said that they could be close to going out on strike against Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets. Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, said at a news conference that the two sides were primarily battling over health coverage. "We're so far apart, if something doesn't happen soon, we will have a strike," Icaza said. The supermarket companies would not comment on what kind of changes they are seeking with regard to employee healthcare.
March 3, 2011 |
Three days before a key labor contract expires, negotiations between a grocery workers union and three of the region's leading supermarket chains are going slowly. The sluggish pace has workers recalling memories of protracted talks that led them to the picket lines seven years ago. The contract covers about 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California, including those employed by Ralphs, which is owned by Kroger Co.; Safeway Inc., which owns Vons and Pavilions stores; and Albertsons, which is owned by SuperValu Inc. The current contract ends Sunday night.
September 24, 2006 |
Bloodied by a long strike and lockout that left Southern California supermarket workers with higher health insurance expenses and without regular raises, their union has a new strategy: Divide and conquer. In a departure from previous contract talks, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union plans to negotiate with each major grocery chain separately rather than bargaining with the employers as a group. The current contract expires March 5.
February 16, 2004 |
As labor's point man in the California supermarket strike, Rick Icaza has been arrested on charges of civil disobedience and shouldered mounting criticism that the union's strategy isn't working. At 70, a multimillionaire from decades of investing in Southern California real estate, he could've retired years ago in comfort. But the union, Icaza says, isn't his job; it's his life.