April 30, 2011 |
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.
April 22, 2011 |
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.
April 14, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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.