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Five Simple Ways You Can Support the Grocery Workers

by Kynn Bartlett, Inland Anti-Empire Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 10:42 AM

The Inland Anti-Empire blog supports the grocery workers strike and lists 5 easy ways you can help support the workers too.

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Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been on strike against Vons since Sunday, October 12, and have been shut from working at Ralphs and Albertsons as well. The issues revolve around management plans to slash health coverage, pensions and other benefits. While corporate profits go up in America, access to affordable health care by working Americans is at a crisis level. The front lines of the battle to preserve health care are right here in Southern California, at our local grocery stores. People of conscience have to work together to support the unions, because if the corporations can break this strike, the repercussions will spread throughout society.

The Inland Anti-Empire Web site presents this short list of easy ways you can support the union members who are fighting to preserve not only their health care, but ours -- as well as the benefits of our children and future generations.

1. Don't Cross the Picket Lines

Please don't shop at Vons, Ralphs, or Albertsons. Beyond the fact that you'd be hurting the unions by doing so, the quality of service and of food will be lower than you expect. The replacement workers simply aren't as trained as the striking and locked-out workers who often have five, ten, twenty years or more on the job. Are you sure that meat is fresh? Has the milk been handled safely? Don't take a chance -- shop at Stater Brothers, Costco, or other local grocery stories. See for a list of other places to shop.

2. Tell a Friend

Friends don't let friends cross picket lines! The success of the union action will ultimately depend on us, the grocery-buying public. We need to unite behind those people we see every week, and support them in their efforts to retain benefits. Let your friends know that you're supporting the union, and urge them to do the same. You can download and print a copy of this flyer from and hand it out to people you know.

3. Contact the Media

Large corporations control our media outlets in Southern California, and that makes it harder to get fair representation. As citizens we can make our voices heard by writing letters to the editor, by calling in to radio talk shows, and by emailing television stations. Let them know that you support the union workers, and correct them, politely, when they get the facts wrong.

4. Provide Moral Support

It's not easy walking a picket line. When you drive by your local grocery store, beep your car horn to show that you support the workers. Even better, park your car and get out and talk to them. Don't be afraid -- they're the same people you saw last month when you bought food. Tell them you support them and are respecting their picket line. They need encouragement, especially when other people -- who have bought into the management lines pushed by the corporate media --- show up to hurl abuse at them. It helps the grocery workers to know their loyal customers stand by them.

5. Bring Water and Snacks

It's hot out there this week, and spending eight hours in the sun just isn't fun. If you can spare .00 (or less), you can buy a 24-pack of bottled water at Stater Brothers and drop it off at the union table outside a store. Fruit, cookies, and other munchies can help the workers make it through a day without having to buy food while their money is tight. They are fighting for all of us -- you can help with a simple gift of drinking water.

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support espa Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 11:54 AM
I am a Teamster who will cross the pickett line Ernest Keifer, Little Rock Ark Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 12:48 PM
support our troops Sheepdog Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 1:19 PM
Great stuff, Ernest Barney Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 3:22 PM
You go, Earnest. nonanarchist Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 4:28 PM
jojee jojee Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at 6:46 PM
haven't seen violence here more rational Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at 11:28 AM
The strikers Sheepdog Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at 1:16 PM
Crush the unions Jones Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at 1:40 PM
A friendly reminder for Ernest Ralph Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 at 8:10 PM
Ernest T.Hay Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 at 9:08 PM
Union Thugs whack em Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 2:34 AM
Destroy the Corporations BunnyRabbit Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 at 4:14 PM
Get Over It! Love Vons Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at 1:27 PM
heehehe union helper Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at 4:48 PM
Wow strikebuster Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at 5:22 PM
Worthless pay check? Scabbie Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at 11:44 AM
SUPPORT THE WORKING PEOPLE...we all are the working people ME Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2003 at 7:05 PM
ahh...the hate ME Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2003 at 7:11 PM
The hate? Scabbie Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2003 at 1:14 PM
Sad & hateful comments True American Thursday, Nov. 06, 2003 at 11:16 PM Vons love the strikers Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003 at 8:23 PM
Hate the union sheep Scabbie Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at 8:12 AM
bunch of crybabies! uncle G Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2003 at 4:24 PM
bunch of crybabies! uncle G Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2003 at 4:24 PM
bunch of crybabies! uncle G Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2003 at 4:25 PM
what organized labor has done for you Patty Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003 at 9:14 AM
Mr Peter Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003 at 2:52 PM
Send Back you Club Cards Cargolax Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003 at 2:55 PM

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