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October 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Teamsters truck drivers and warehouse workers went on strike Monday against Lucky Stores food distribution centers that serve the supermarket chain's retail stores from Fresno to the Oregon border. The strike, which began just after midnight, follows Sunday's rejection by union locals in Oakland, Vallejo and Sacramento of a tentative settlement negotiated by union and industry representatives, said Dave Cox, executive director of the Food Employers Council.
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October 13, 2001 | Associated Press
Unable to rally support for a strike, the union representing 27,000 workers at Northern California's two largest grocery chains reluctantly accepted a three-year contract that labor leaders said makes it hard for employees to afford the region's high housing costs. The United Food and Commercial Workers union move means there will be no strike at 294 supermarkets run by market leaders Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Inc. and Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's Inc.
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BUSINESS
September 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
A dozen Safeway Inc. employees have filed grievances over the supermarket chain's smile-and-make-eye-contact rule, complaining that they are being propositioned by shoppers who mistake company-required friendliness for flirting. Richelle Roberts, a produce clerk, said she is hit on every day by men who think she is coming on to them.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Thousands of supermarket workers in Northern California could go on strike as early as today if the results of a union vote on a new contract proposal is turned down. At issue is wages. Although many Northern California supermarket clerks are among the best paid in the nation, the workers also live in one of the nation's most expensive housing markets. Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's Inc. and Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. run Northern California's two largest grocery chains.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1987 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Safeway Stores and the union representing 100,000 of its employees Friday announced an agreement providing benefits to workers who lose jobs because of a massive company reorganization. Safeway is restructuring--selling or closing hundreds of stores--to become more cost competitive in the wake of its leveraged buyout last year. The company may pay out up to $35 million in severance benefits depending on how many employees are put out of work, according to a union source.
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September 12, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Teamsters members Sunday unanimously rejected the latest contract offer by Lucky Stores Inc., the union reported, increasing the chance of a strike by 1,695 workers who warehouse and deliver goods to 235 Lucky supermarkets throughout Southern California. However, at the behest of a federal mediator, both sides continued to meet late Sunday, and Teamsters leaders told their members to report to work as usual today. The contract between Lucky and Teamsters Local 952 expired today at 12:01 a.m.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Unions Ratify Settlement in Grocery Workers Strike: About 32,000 clerks, butchers and baggers involved in the strike and lockout at three Northern California grocery stores have ratified a contract settlement. Members of the Oakland-based United Food & Commercial Workers Union who work at the Safeway, Lucky and Save Mart stores approved a three-year agreement that basically extends the previous contract. The agreement was approved by 91.
BUSINESS
August 4, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Food Lion Settles Child Labor, Overtime Cases: More than $16 million will be paid in the largest settlement ever reached by the federal government in a wage-and-hour case involving a private employer. Food Lion Inc., one of the country's fastest growing supermarket chains, was accused of violating child labor laws and failing to pay thousands of workers required overtime. Food Lion, which has more than 1,000 stores in 14 states and is based in Salisbury, N.C., did not admit violations.
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August 2, 1990 | LUCY CHABOT and LISA MASCARO
Grocery store workers in Orange County began stocking the shelves a little fuller than normal Wednesday, and some also began lining up new jobs as Southern California's supermarket strike loomed. Although negotiators for the supermarket chains and the union returned to the table Wednesday, store managers here were accepting applications for temporary help and, in at least one store, training potential workers.
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March 11, 2000 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Union supporters alleging unfair labor practices by a nonunion supermarket chain got a boost from several high-profile speakers Friday during a rally at the company's Santa Ana headquarters. About 50 activists from the Gigante Dignity Campaign, a loose coalition of union and community members, waved red flags and cheered as speakers denounced Gigante, a Mexico-based chain that opened its first U.S. store last year in Pico Rivera and has plans for at least 20 more in Southern California.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2000 | Melinda Fulmer
As many as 100 employees at Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California could get pink slips as the company adjusts its staffing in reaction to slower sales at the former Lucky stores that the company acquired last year, according to a union. About 20 employees in the Orange County area were terminated this week, and an official from the United Food and Commercial Workers union expects at least 15 to 20 more to be laid off in Orange County.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
A dozen Safeway Inc. employees have filed grievances over the supermarket chain's smile-and-make-eye-contact rule, complaining that they are being propositioned by shoppers who mistake company-required friendliness for flirting. Richelle Roberts, a produce clerk, said she is hit on every day by men who think she is coming on to them.
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September 30, 1995 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supporters and opponents of a union representing supermarket employees traded insults and shouted conflicting slogans outside a Montebello warehouse store Friday in a dispute that both sides say signals a pivotal labor struggle affecting an important Southern California industry.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Unions Ratify Settlement in Grocery Workers Strike: About 32,000 clerks, butchers and baggers involved in the strike and lockout at three Northern California grocery stores have ratified a contract settlement. Members of the Oakland-based United Food & Commercial Workers Union who work at the Safeway, Lucky and Save Mart stores approved a three-year agreement that basically extends the previous contract. The agreement was approved by 91.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1994 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,700 union warehouse employees and drivers for Lucky Stores reported for work Monday without a contract after all-night negotiations averted a strike at the supermarket chain's 235 Southern California stores but failed to produce an agreement. Letting a 12:01 a.m.
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