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BUSINESS
June 21, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
With a union deadline looming today, talks between the Southern California grocery workers union and the big supermarket chains were at a standstill Wednesday and prospects for a quick agreement looked remote. Frustrated by the slow pace of bargaining, the United Food and Commercial Workers union this month set a noon deadline for the chains to make a formal contract proposal.
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BUSINESS
March 6, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The union representing 65,000 Southern California grocery workers reached an agreement with the major supermarket chains to extend for two weeks a contract that was set to expire Monday night. Almost no substantive negotiations have taken place in the weeks leading up to Monday's original contract expiration date. But now the two sides have agreed to meet on dates to be determined by federal labor mediator Linda Gonzalez.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
The slowing economy is spawning store closures and layoffs in Southern California's typically solid grocery industry. On Friday, Albertsons will shut the first four of nine stores closing between now and April 9. About a dozen workers are losing their jobs, and the chain is working to reassign hundreds more to other stores. Ralphs is demoting more than 150 meat cutters to clerks, slashing their pay by more than a third to $13.47 an hour.
OPINION
May 2, 2003
I am concerned about negative stories, such as Patt Morrison's April 29 column, that do not accurately reflect the Wal-Mart culture. A small group of women has claimed that the company did not treat them fairly on the basis of their gender. This is absolutely not the Wal-Mart I have known and worked for over the last 12 years. One of the claimants (and only one that I know of) said she was forced by a male superior to visit Hooters and attend a strip club. I am confident that had she made a formal complaint with the company, the offending supervisor would have been terminated.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2010 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge has certified two separate class-action lawsuits against grocery chains Ralphs and Albertsons ? advancing a legal fight between the retailers and 9,000 workers who claim they were illegally denied millions of dollars in benefits during the 2003-04 grocery lockout and strike. FOR THE RECORD: Grocery lawsuit: An article in the Oct. 23 Business section about two separate class-action lawsuits being certified against grocery chains Ralphs and Albertsons said a federal judge had certified the cases.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2003 | From Times staff and wire reports
A federal mediator will meet today with leaders of the union representing 70,000 Southern California grocery workers and executives from three supermarket chains in their first talks since the beginning of a month-old strike and lockout, union officials said. "We will go into mediation on Monday with an open mind and some level of flexibility," John Arnold, spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers union, said Friday. Peter J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1986 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Local 770 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, one of the largest unions in Southern California, announced in Los Angeles on Thursday that it has set up a hot line to help illegal aliens gain amnesty under the new immigration law. The announcement and similar efforts by other unions are the first indications of how active a role organized labor plans to play in the effort in Southern California to win amnesty for members who are in the country illegally.
NEWS
August 3, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
About 80,000 supermarket clerks and meat cutters overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal by six Southern California supermarket chains, union leaders announced Thursday night. As a result, another round of bargaining will begin today. At the request of a federal mediator, workers Wednesday agreed to delay any strike until at least midnight Monday.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The Southern California grocery workers union turned up the heat a little more Thursday by warning the big supermarket chains that it was prepared to cancel a temporary agreement that so far has prevented a strike. The contract for 65,000 workers at Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons was set to expire March 5 but has remained in force through a rolling extension that requires a 72-hour cancellation notice by either the United Food and Commercial Workers union or the supermarket chains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1987 | From Associated Press
Safeway Stores Inc. has decided to close and sell 24 Southern California supermarkets in a move that could put up to 800 people out of work, union officials said. Bonnie Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Oakland-based chain, confirmed Friday that the stores have been put up for sale and that Safeway hopes to close them before the end of March. Twelve other Safeway supermarkets that are already closed or vacant are also up for sale. The chain has about 200 stores in Southern California.
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