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by chantel g. Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 1:47 PM . .


Ok so the grocery stores here in Southern CA went on strike and managment has locked out workers from sister stores.. also they have put letters in all paychecks telling union workers how to resign from their job and ALSO how to resign from the union.. ugh..

So once agian if you live Anywhere where there is a Ralphs, Vons, or Albertsons please be sure to not go through the picket line and shop at those stores until the strike is over.. Go to Trader Joes, Wild Oats, Gelsons, Bristol Farms, or your local farmers marekt! if anything gather up some friends, pack some snacks and take it down to the picket line, they will be striking 24 hrs. a day.. they need support.. remember these are people who you see everyday when you go to the store, the cashiers who help you out, the baggers who help carry your stuff out, the people who help you in the deli.. and it's EXTREMLY hard for them to decide to go on strike, and the least we could do is support them right now..


Clerks at Kroger Co.'s Ralphs, Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Albertsons grocery stores went on strike late Saturday after negotiations between union representatives and store officials broke off, with health care coverage a key sticking point.

The companies operate about 900 stores from San Diego to Santa Barbara and control 60 percent of the Southern California market.

Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers union initially said strikers would only target Vons and urged the companies not to lock out workers from the other stores.

The supermarkets, however, said a strike against one company would be considered a strike against all three. In a joint statement, they said Albertsons and Ralphs would lock out employees during the dispute.

Plans were in the works to "ensure that stores remain open and staffed," the statement said. Sandra Calderon, a spokeswoman for Vons, said those plans include using temporary workers.

Many of the union's 70,000 clerks began picketing outside Vons markets after last-minute talks involving a federal mediator broke down.

The chains want workers to pay more for health benefits, citing a sluggish economy, rising health care costs and increased competition from nonunion rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Vons president Tom Keller said the proposal does not call for wage reductions and asks employees to pay a week for individual health care coverage and to a week for an entire family.

The union called on Southern Californians to honor picket lines and shop elsewhere. Under their contract, warehouse employees and truck drivers can also choose not to cross picket lines, said Paul Kenny, president of Teamsters Local Union No. 630.

Grocery clerks work a minimum of 24 hours a week, with 70 percent working part-time. They earn, on average, about an hour, said Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770 in Los Angeles and one of the negotiators.

The union wants the companies to maintain health care plans and provide raises of 50 cents an hour the first year and 45 cents an hour the following two years, Icaza said.

The last time the grocery workers went on strike was 1978, with the walkout lasting less than a week.

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Support the Strike Parmenides Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 2:33 PM Article Grocery workers strike Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 2:42 PM
" Solidarity Forever Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 3:45 PM
" " Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 3:50 PM
" Solidarity Forever Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 3:54 PM
The Strike Ann Friday, Oct. 17, 2003 at 6:36 PM
Beautiful Dagny Friday, Oct. 17, 2003 at 8:12 PM
strikers must win Meyer London Friday, Oct. 17, 2003 at 9:24 PM
Way the ball bounces MRC Friday, Oct. 17, 2003 at 9:44 PM
YOU WORK AT A GROCERY STORE!! JWP Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 5:21 AM
Union fat cats Sarah Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 12:10 PM
no cause for complaint Meyer London Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 12:56 PM
MRC, public school scholar Meyer London Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 1:03 PM
Sarah and the "union fatcats" Meyer London Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 1:05 PM
Does this mean I have to start shopping there again? Buy Organic Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 5:25 PM
"... give it to KPFK, the Progressive Magazine... nonanarchist Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 7:13 PM
SUPPORT THE STRIKE jojee Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 6:03 PM
jojo jojo Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at 1:43 AM
to help clear some things... on-stirke in la Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at 2:00 AM
Groceries are too cheap Strike Supporter Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at 10:34 AM
Scab is lowest life form? A "Scab" customer Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 9:06 PM
Response Natalie Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 2:41 PM
Mo. Premiums insurance Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 2:50 PM
Healthcare Leslie Seabaugh, RN Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 3:34 PM
OMGoodnes the one they call E Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 11:47 PM
Don't Shop! joe sorce Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 at 1:01 AM
SUPPORT THEM! joe sorce Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 at 1:11 AM
sympathy more rational Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 at 11:02 AM
What's it all about? Jim Fritsche Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at 2:43 AM
Why? Ryan Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at 9:35 PM
citizen Nicholas Hord Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003 at 7:59 AM
Taco bell Ted Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 12:16 AM
OneEyedMan KPC Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 12:23 AM
Taco Bell Ted Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 12:37 AM
Poor Misguided Nicholas Natalie Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 3:54 AM
food buyer customer Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 2:43 PM
Other jobs for union employees Ed Poe Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 9:56 PM
You go girl Scabbie Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 10:36 PM
My experience on both sides Fred Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 10:48 PM
Unions mr. slate Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 10:56 PM
Unions Fred Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 11:02 PM
Mr Experienced Fred Natalie Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at 12:38 AM
Nat Fred Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at 1:28 AM
Fred Natalie Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at 3:58 AM
matewan jh Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at 9:52 PM
Not saving my ass Scabbie Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at 11:55 PM
If most of the works pay why shouldn't they? Mrs. MGC Thursday, Nov. 06, 2003 at 4:35 AM
Why Support Workers? T. Foster Thursday, Nov. 06, 2003 at 8:42 PM
Vote out the Union! Karma Saturday, Nov. 08, 2003 at 12:03 AM
Customer and Scab Navy Veteran Saturday, Nov. 08, 2003 at 12:34 AM
Customer and Scab Navy Veteran - Jamie Saturday, Nov. 08, 2003 at 12:37 AM
Cheap labor hurts the economy Tim Geist Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at 1:38 PM
TG this thing here Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at 2:01 PM
Unpatriotic? Scabbie Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at 4:30 PM
Scab Scab George Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at 9:34 PM
Misperceptions about the strike jroberthaga Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at 10:01 PM
Ashamed and Unpatriotic Jamie ~ A VETERAN A Scab Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 at 4:55 PM
A note to all... Jamie ~ A Veteran A Scab Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 at 5:03 PM
Union Ed Poe Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 3:33 PM
To Ed Poe Natalie Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 4:59 PM
the strike anonymous Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at 9:53 PM

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