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February 19, 2004 | James F. Peltz and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
Negotiators in the supermarket strike talks spent more than eight hours at the bargaining table Wednesday and will meet again today, swelling hopes on the picket lines. With pressure to settle mounting on both sides, the talks -- heading into their ninth straight day -- were described by people close to negotiators as the most serious since the strike began four months ago.
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February 3, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles is looking into allegations that Ralphs supermarket managers have illegally hired locked-out union workers under false names and Social Security numbers, according to federal law enforcement sources. "Agents are on the streets talking to people," said one source, adding that "dozens" of workers were interviewed over the weekend and that store managers might be contacted this week. "The investigators are finding some very interesting information."
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February 14, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland
Negotiations to end the California supermarket strike and lockout continued through the day Friday and were expected to run through the weekend, according to John Arnold, a spokesman for federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen, who is overseeing the talks. Arnold declined to characterize the tone of the talks but said the continuation to a fourth day was a positive sign. Spokespeople for the grocery chains and union would not comment, citing Hurtgen's request for a media blackout.
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February 23, 2004 | James F. Peltz
Negotiations in the Southern and Central California supermarket strike stretched through their 12th day Sunday as grocery store and union bargainers worked to end the long dispute. More talks were expected today. Details of the parties' progress were undisclosed; federal mediator Peter J. Hurtgen has imposed a news blackout. But analysts say the duration of these sessions -- the longest since the strike and lockout began more than four months ago -- bodes well for a settlement.
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February 9, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
Time: 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5. Day 118 of the supermarket labor dispute. Location: Albertsons at Clark and Del Amo, Lakewood. On the picket line: Several longtime employees of a nearby Ralphs. * Stacie Arevalo, 37, picket captain and bakery manager: "When the unions offered to go to binding arbitration, I didn't want to get my hopes up, but I did. Then the companies turned them down, and I lost hope. I started 20 years ago at Alpha Beta, which later became Ralphs.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers at seven tire centers in British Columbia applied to join the United Food and Commercial Workers, expanding efforts by Canadian unions to make inroads at the world's largest retailer. The union said it was targeting Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart because it was concerned that the company's expansion in Canada would put pressure on local rivals to lower wages. The retailer operates 234 Wal-Mart and six Sam's Club stores across the country.
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September 11, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Albertsons Inc., Safeway Inc. and the union representing workers at San Francisco Bay Area supermarkets agreed to keep negotiating past the expiration of their contract tonight. The No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. grocery chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, representing about 30,000 workers in the region, will extend the current contract. Both sides have the option of halting the talks on five days' notice.
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December 9, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Prospects for resolving the supermarket strike by year-end appeared increasingly remote Monday after talks on a new contract broke off without significant movement on the key issues of health-care insurance and a proposed lower wage scale for new hires. Frustrated by the stalemate, United Food and Commercial Workers Union President Doug Dority said he had summoned leaders of union locals from around the country to Southern California to help plot strategy.
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November 11, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Contract talks between major supermarket chains and the grocery workers union resumed under a federal mediator Monday afternoon, but it was unclear whether any progress was made toward ending the monthlong strike and lockout. Representatives of both sides said they had agreed to maintain a news blackout as a condition of rejoining the talks, which were called by Peter J. Hurtgen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, at an undisclosed location.
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October 24, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
The United Food and Commercial Workers union sued three major supermarket chains Thursday for failing to pay striking and locked-out workers wages they claim they are owed under California law. The union launched a strike against Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores at midnight Oct. 11. Albertsons Inc. and Ralphs, a unit of Kroger Co., then locked out their union workers.
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