FEATURED ARTICLES ABOUT UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION - PAGE 3
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1990 |
Negotiators for six major supermarket chains and 80,000 retail clerks and meat cutters from San Diego to Bakersfield expect to continue negotiations throughout the weekend in an effort to avoid a strike when the current contract expires at midnight Sunday. Stumbling blocks include issues of health care, wages and job security, spokesmen for both sides said Friday. In balloting earlier this week, union members voted overwhelmingly to give their leaders authorization to call a strike.
December 12, 2003 |
Striking supermarket workers in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky ratified a new contract Thursday that caps their employer's annual contribution to the union's health-care plan. The contract fight between Kroger Co. and the United Food and Commercial Workers union bears a similarity to the current labor dispute in Southern and Central California. In both cases, disagreements centered on employee contributions to health insurance.
February 24, 2004 |
Grocery and union negotiators were expected to reach the two-week mark today in their nonstop bargaining to end the California supermarket strike. The talks began Feb. 11. The federal mediator supervising the negotiations has imposed a news blackout on the details, but the extended duration of the bargaining has prompted some experts to suggest that there could be a deal soon. The United Food and Commercial Workers union struck Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions chains Oct. 11. Kroger Co.'
April 23, 2007 |
Shopper Peter Wormer is baffled. He can't believe that another supermarket strike could be around the corner. He said he stopped shopping at Vons -- for good -- the last time around. Longtime Albertsons worker Hugh Evans doesn't get it either. "I don't want a strike," he said. Last time, he said, it cost him $20,000 in savings. Even Costco executives are shaking their heads at the idea -- despite the prospect of more shoppers coming their way.
November 11, 2003 |
One year after brokering an end to the costly West Coast port shutdown, Peter J. Hurtgen is back in California, this time seeking to settle the supermarket strike and lockout. Hurtgen, the 62-year-old director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, is riding a recent string of successes in fixing labor disputes. In September, Hurtgen mediated a new contract between Verizon Communications Inc.
February 13, 2004 |
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which had stated repeatedly that 70,000 workers are involved in the supermarket labor dispute in Central and Southern California, said on Thursday that the number of people on strike or locked out is 59,000. A union spokeswoman, Barbara Maynard, said that 70,000 UFCW members were, in fact, covered by the labor contract with supermarkets that expired last year. But 11,000 of them work for Stater Bros. Holdings Inc., Arden Group Inc.'
January 3, 2004 |
Ralphs grocery managers have hired back dozens of union workers under false names and Social Security numbers despite an official lockout, according to a union lawsuit filed Friday. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that at least 50 to 100 union employees have been covertly rehired by Ralphs. Two locked-out union members, working undercover, told The Times they were coached by store managers to use their children's Social Security numbers to avoid detection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1999 |
One week after they replaced more than 200 low-wage jail workers in the midst of a union drive with inmate laborers, sheriff's officials acknowledged Tuesday that the work involved may go to another private company. Supervisor Gloria Molina cautioned that if the Sheriff's Department changes its mind again and replaces inmates with contracted, nonunion employees, the action would amount to union-busting.
April 28, 2001 |
Grupo Gigante supermarkets and the United Food and Commercial Workers on Friday announced a contract covering current and future Southland Gigante stores, with union leaders hailing the deal as a major inroad into the fast-growing mix of ethnic supermarkets. The contract ended two years of intense, sometimes contentious efforts by the UFCW, which has seen its market share drop sharply in recent years with the proliferation of nonunion ethnic markets and large discount chains.
April 24, 2007 |
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.