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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.
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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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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.
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...
NEWS
March 27, 1986
About 80 striking meatpackers and their supporters slowed, but failed to halt, traffic into the Geo. A. Hormel Co.'s flagship plant and corporate headquarters in Austin, Minn., and a union spokesman said contract talks have been postponed until next week. Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union has ignored its parent union's order to end a seven-month strike.
BUSINESS
April 7, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supermarket Workers Strike in Northern California: United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 870 spokesman Len Konecny said 15,000 meat cutters, food clerks and baggers walked off their jobs at more than 200 Safeway stores shortly after midnight Wednesday. Pickets went up at Safeway stores from Fresno to the Oregon border.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland
Union and supermarket negotiators met with a federal mediator Wednesday in an attempt to end the 4-month-old California grocery strike. A spokesman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said talks were likely to resume today. As in past mediated sessions, the parties agreed not to discuss details of the negotiations, which are being held in an undisclosed location in Southern California.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
Minimum-wage claims by 17 of 18 Nordstrom employees who sued the clothing retailer have been rejected, but a judge refused to dismiss the class-action case. Lawyers for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represented Nordstrom employees at five Seattle-area stores before a decertification election last summer, may find another worker to support the class-action lawsuit, King County Superior Court Judge William Downing ruled late last week.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nordstrom executives, taking their first major steps to ease a festering labor dispute, said Monday that they set up a $15-million fund and established procedures to settle employees' claims for back pay. The Seattle-based department store chain also reported, as expected, its first decline in fourth-quarter and 12-month profits since going public in 1971. For the quarter ended Jan. 31, the retailer's profit fell 34% to $31.4 million on sales that rose 12% to $857.5 million.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
February 12, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland
Union and supermarket negotiators met with a federal mediator Wednesday in an attempt to end the 4-month-old California grocery strike. A spokesman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said talks were likely to resume today. As in past mediated sessions, the parties agreed not to discuss details of the negotiations, which are being held in an undisclosed location in Southern California.
BUSINESS
April 7, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supermarket Workers Strike in Northern California: United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 870 spokesman Len Konecny said 15,000 meat cutters, food clerks and baggers walked off their jobs at more than 200 Safeway stores shortly after midnight Wednesday. Pickets went up at Safeway stores from Fresno to the Oregon border.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
Minimum-wage claims by 17 of 18 Nordstrom employees who sued the clothing retailer have been rejected, but a judge refused to dismiss the class-action case. Lawyers for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represented Nordstrom employees at five Seattle-area stores before a decertification election last summer, may find another worker to support the class-action lawsuit, King County Superior Court Judge William Downing ruled late last week.
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 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...
BUSINESS
February 27, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nordstrom executives, taking their first major steps to ease a festering labor dispute, said Monday that they set up a $15-million fund and established procedures to settle employees' claims for back pay. The Seattle-based department store chain also reported, as expected, its first decline in fourth-quarter and 12-month profits since going public in 1971. For the quarter ended Jan. 31, the retailer's profit fell 34% to $31.4 million on sales that rose 12% to $857.5 million.
NEWS
March 27, 1986
About 80 striking meatpackers and their supporters slowed, but failed to halt, traffic into the Geo. A. Hormel Co.'s flagship plant and corporate headquarters in Austin, Minn., and a union spokesman said contract talks have been postponed until next week. Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union has ignored its parent union's order to end a seven-month strike.
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