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June 1, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alameda-based Ascend Communications said it will acquire NetStar, a maker of high-speed computer switches, for $300 million. . . . Oakland-based Safeway said it closed 86 stores in British Columbia because of a dispute with the United Food and Commercial Workers over a plan to lower wages for some workers.
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August 22, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Members of a union that represents 62,000 grocery workers at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if an agreement on a new contract can't be reached. The strike authorization won the backing of more than 90% of the United Food and Commercial Workers members who voted, easily more than the two-thirds majority required, union officials said Sunday. The union said it would report the vote results Monday to a federal mediator trying to resolve the contract dispute.
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BUSINESS
October 6, 2004
* Molson Inc., Canada's biggest beer maker, and Adolph Coors Co., the third-largest U.S. brewer, won U.S. antitrust clearance for their $3.4-billion merger. The deal still needs Molson shareholder approval. * Workers at Kroger Co.'s Food 4 Less ratified a new three-year contract that affects members of seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Southern and Central California.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2011 | By Sharon Bernstein and P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
November 24, 1985
A new three-year pact for 4,000 butchers and meat cutters at more than 350 independent and chain groceries in Northern California was rejected by seven votes, union officials in San Francisco said. Members of five United Food and Commercial Workers union locals rejected by a 891-884 vote a proposal by the Food Employers Council. Meanwhile, talks continued in the Southern California strike without any progress reported.
NEWS
September 10, 1986
Suspended Local P-9 President Jim Guyette filed suit in federal court seeking to block a ratification vote on a proposed pact to end a yearlong strike at Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in Austin, Minn. Guyette filed an affidavit before U.S. District Court Judge Edward Devitt in St. Paul, asking the United Food and Commercial Workers to set procedures to "ensure a fair and democratic" vote on the proposal.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2003 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
The supermarket talks have been shelved. Federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen on Wednesday suspended negotiations between the grocery workers union and the Southland's three major food chains. Talks had resumed Monday after a monthlong stalemate. Hurtgen said the sessions had been useful, but he did not say when they would start back up.
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November 18, 1988
Southern California meat cutters overwhelmingly approved a new contract with seven major supermarket chains, averting the possibility of a strike during the holidays. Nearly 92% of the workers who cast ballots Wednesday approved the agreement, according to results released Thursday in Los Angeles by the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents the 8,000 meat cutters.
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November 2, 1999 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The retired union members wearing protest signs and passing out fliers near the doors of Bristol Farms have become such a part of the scenery they might as well be abandoned grocery carts. Most customers just walk around them. Next week, it will be three years since the upscale Southern California food store chain opened its lone Ventura County branch--and three years since the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1036 instituted its five-day-a-week presence outside the store.
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August 22, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Members of a union that represents 62,000 grocery workers at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if an agreement on a new contract can't be reached. The strike authorization won the backing of more than 90% of the United Food and Commercial Workers members who voted, easily more than the two-thirds majority required, union officials said Sunday. The union said it would report the vote results Monday to a federal mediator trying to resolve the contract dispute.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
With little progress being made in contract talks between Southern California's major grocery chains and the union representing 62,000 of their workers, a federal mediator is being brought in to meet with both sides in the coming weeks. Officials of the United Food and Commercial Workers, citing a news blackout over the negotiations, declined to say which side contacted the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Representatives of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons — the three big chains in the talks — could not be reached for comment late Friday.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
The labor union that represents 62,000 Southern California grocery workers said its members had "overwhelmingly" voted to authorize union leaders to call a strike if they can't reach a contract with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. On Friday, officials from the seven United Food and Commercial Workers locals declined to say how many workers actually turned out to cast ballots in the last two days. But Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770, the largest of the area locals, said the turnout was substantial and the number in favor of the strike was "overwhelming.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Recalling memories of protracted labor talks that led Southern California grocery workers to the picket lines seven years ago, the United Food and Commercial Workers union is holding a strike authorization vote next week and warning its members to be prepared in case they have to walk off the job. A labor contract that was reached in 2007 expired in March 6. It covered about 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California, including those employed...
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July 15, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Proponents of the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot won the endorsement Wednesday of the council that oversees the political work of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in California, as well as one of the union's major locals, giving proponents a significant boost to their campaign. They also had hoped to win the endorsement of the California Labor Federation, which met this week in San Diego, but decided not to press for a vote and settled instead on persuading the powerful organization to remain neutral — which it did. "Obviously, I would have liked to have had a full endorsement," said Dan Rush, who oversees special operations for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5, and has pushed efforts to gain union support for the measure.
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May 28, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Workers at three medical marijuana businesses in Oakland will announce Friday that they have unionized, another step in a concerted campaign aimed at bringing legitimacy to a once-hidden sector of the state's economy and boosting the marijuana-legalization initiative. Union representatives and the business owners believe it is the first time that workers in the nation's growing medical marijuana industry have joined a union. "They want the community to understand them as decent, hard-working people," said Dan Rush, who oversees special operations for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5. The numbers are small, Rush concedes — about 100 new members.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2004
* Molson Inc., Canada's biggest beer maker, and Adolph Coors Co., the third-largest U.S. brewer, won U.S. antitrust clearance for their $3.4-billion merger. The deal still needs Molson shareholder approval. * Workers at Kroger Co.'s Food 4 Less ratified a new three-year contract that affects members of seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Southern and Central California.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
With little progress being made in contract talks between Southern California's major grocery chains and the union representing 62,000 of their workers, a federal mediator is being brought in to meet with both sides in the coming weeks. Officials of the United Food and Commercial Workers, citing a news blackout over the negotiations, declined to say which side contacted the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Representatives of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons — the three big chains in the talks — could not be reached for comment late Friday.
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July 15, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Proponents of the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot won the endorsement Wednesday of the council that oversees the political work of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in California, as well as one of the union's major locals, giving proponents a significant boost to their campaign. They also had hoped to win the endorsement of the California Labor Federation, which met this week in San Diego, but decided not to press for a vote and settled instead on persuading the powerful organization to remain neutral — which it did. "Obviously, I would have liked to have had a full endorsement," said Dan Rush, who oversees special operations for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5, and has pushed efforts to gain union support for the measure.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2003 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
The supermarket talks have been shelved. Federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen on Wednesday suspended negotiations between the grocery workers union and the Southland's three major food chains. Talks had resumed Monday after a monthlong stalemate. Hurtgen said the sessions had been useful, but he did not say when they would start back up.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
Forty-eight hours before the vote that splits Al Gore and organized labor, the vice president made his case Monday for the China trade bill to union workers. Despite that big difference, he jabbed a finger at his heart and appealed for their "intensity" to help him win the White House.
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