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February 4, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
Like many Nordstrom salespeople, Michelle Darby joined the retail chain after falling in love with its tradition of service, a legendary system in which individual "sales associates" operate almost as entrepreneurs, splashing lavish attention on customers and sometimes earning big commissions. Darby, a 42-year-old career woman who has worked for the past 10 months in one of Nordstrom's Southern California stores, says she has been nervous ever since.
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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.
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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.
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June 29, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Contract negotiations between representatives of Southern California's three largest supermarket chains and 65,000 union workers continued at a secret location Thursday. But as the give-and-take continued for a second day, there was no word of any breakthrough. New proposals had been delivered to the Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons chains, United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Mike Shimpock said, but he offered no details.
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July 30, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union on Friday broke away from the AFL-CIO, becoming the third union to abandon the organization this week over disagreements about how to revive labor's diminishing influence. The 1.4-million-member UFCW represents workers in several industries, including retail, food processing and healthcare.
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April 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which is trying to organize workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., filed unfair-labor practice charges against the world's largest retailer Tuesday to get it to release documents related to the ouster of its former vice chairman and alleged anti-union efforts. The filing with the National Labor Relations Board aims to "seek justice for workers at Wal-Mart," not financial rewards, according to UFCW spokesman Jim Papian.
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November 7, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Nordstrom department store chain has reached a final settlement with federal officials on six unfair labor practices charges. But a union representing some store employees plans to file new claims charging that Nordstrom is already violating the agreement. Nordstrom's settlement with the National Labor Relations Board marks the latest turn in a bitter 15-month struggle between the Seattle-based retailer and two locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
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January 12, 1993 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Capping a bitter labor dispute that bloodied both the upscale Nordstrom retail chain and its union adversaries, the two sides on Monday announced a tentative multimillion-dollar settlement of a lawsuit that accused the company of shortchanging employees. Thousands of current and former employees who performed such duties as stocking shelves, delivering merchandise or writing thank-you notes to customers without being paid are entitled to compensation under the agreement.
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August 18, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nordstrom Inc. said Friday that it agreed to settle with the National Labor Relations Board all charges of unfair labor practices that resulted from a long and rancorous dispute with some of its department store sales clerks. Nordstrom signed the agreement late Friday, but Walter Mercer, a spokesman for the NLRB regional office in the company's hometown of Seattle, said it was not final. The two union locals involved had not had a chance to see and comment on the settlement, he said.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
The campaign recently started by a major union against Bank of America just might serve as an intriguing example of how billions of dollars in workers' pension funds can be used as an alternative to strikes in many instances.
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June 27, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Negotiators for three major supermarket chains and Southern California store clerks agreed to get back to haggling today to try to resolve differences over wages and health benefits. Talks between the Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers union hadn't been held since Thursday, when the markets refused to meet a union demand for a comprehensive contract offer by noon on that day.
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June 23, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
As Southern California's grocery workers union readies for a strike vote Sunday, there are already efforts to restart negotiations with the big supermarket chains, possibly as soon as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Talks broke off Thursday between the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons over a contract for 65,000 workers.
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June 22, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The union representing 65,000 Southern California grocery workers turned up the heat Thursday on three major supermarket chains. United Food and Commercial Workers leaders will ask their members Sunday to reject what they said was a flawed and incomplete contract proposal and to authorize a strike against Ralphs and Vons. If the workers agree, they would join Albertsons workers who voted in March to authorize a strike.
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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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April 24, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch
The Southern California grocery workers union said it withdrew a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the Albertsons supermarket chain violated federal labor law. In March, the United Food and Commercial Workers union charged in a complaint that Albertsons violated the National Labor Relations Act in the days leading up to a vote by workers that gave union leaders the power to call a strike. The union withdrew the complaint last week because of a lack of witnesses.
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April 12, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Back in 2003 when a major grocery strike loomed in Southern California, the biggest unionized supermarkets insisted that they had to hold the line on workers' pay and benefits. Their rationale: Wal-Mart was about to storm California with low prices and low wages, and supermarkets said they needed to stay competitive. But the storm never came. Now, with the prospect of another grocery strike at hand, some workers are accusing the big chains of crying wolf.
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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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February 5, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Weeks before the first picket signs went up in Southern California's bitter supermarket labor dispute, grocery chains were designing a mutual aid pact to ensure that no chain could profit at the expense of another as they battled the union, court documents unsealed Friday showed. The long strike and lockout, which ended a year ago, pitted the United Food and Commercial Workers union against Safeway Inc., which owns Vons and Pavilions; Kroger Co., the parent of Ralphs; and Albertsons Inc.
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April 10, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
As the picket signs were being packed away three years ago, Georgene Haubenreisser urged the relatives she had helped steer into supermarket careers to get out of the business. Haubenreisser herself planned to hang on until she could retire, having already put in 24 years. The matriarch of a family with 10 members who had staked out careers in Ralphs supermarket aisles, she became disillusioned with the grocery industry after the hardships of a 141-day labor dispute that ended in February 2004.
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