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Grocers' contract unsure -- Finance, Massachusetts, Safeway Inc...

There are 56 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Mar 29, 2008, titled Grocers' contract unsure -- Finance, Massachusetts, Safeway Inc.... In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Giant Food and Safeway supermarket chains and the union representing 23,000 store workers remained deeply divided on key issues yesterday as they approached a weekend deadline for a new labor contract, raising ...

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who cares let them strike

Westminster, MD

#1 Mar 29, 2008
let them strike. what brains does it take to put a can peas on a shelf? if giant and safeway raise their prices, there is always mars and wiess. and the staff's there are much nicer.
or i might shop at giant on sunday. i would like nothing better to cross a union pickett line.
AMERICA'S UNION. DESTROYING THE COUNTRY ONE COMPANY AT A TIME.
i hate giant

Washington, DC

#2 Mar 29, 2008
Please strike, it will force me to go to a different store. My local giant has been reducing selections, dropping brands I like and lowering quality for the past couple of years....
examiner reader

Westminster, MD

#3 Mar 29, 2008
let them strike. giant employees are a nasty bunch.
wegmans here i come.
Dink

United States

#4 Mar 29, 2008
The economy sucks right now. The unions need to back down and be willing to compromise. The workers should be lucky they have jobs right about now. I dislike unions. In other industries where there is a mixture of union and non union facilities the unions are losing there strength. Companies have the ability to shut down union facilities and later reopen them as non union. Companies are losing money as well in this economy and can't afford all of the crap that unions are trying to foce them to pay.
dave l

Bel Air, MD

#5 Mar 29, 2008
The only nearby grocery store is a Safeway and it is quite expensive. I do the bulk of my shopping at the Wal Mart, which is 15 miles away. I'm afraid that the Safeway and Giant workers must face reality; in this day and age it's hard justify a living wage with benefits when you're performing unskilled labor.
Gabbo

Tucson, AZ

#6 Mar 29, 2008
Giant and Safeway have been jacking prices up way beyond inflation for the last few years. Let them both rot.
Stop the Mexican invasion! Save America.
Mike Brown

Stevensville, MD

#7 Mar 29, 2008
The biggest problem Royal Dutch Ahold faces is their misunderstanding og the clientle at Giant Food.
Original owner Izz Cohen strived to make customer service the top priorty. That has gone by the wayside with Ahold.

By merging with Stop & Shop the retailer has created a logistical nightmare. It closed all of the local distribution centers and now operates out of the New England area. Thir fuel prices for grocery distribution have tripled since.

Giant Food thrived for years from who they were, now Ahole is trying to make them something they're not. And they wonder why their sales are off?

They've cut staffing levels in all their stores and the workers now have twice the workload they had before. The workers have also accepted pay cuts and benefit reductions in their last two contracts. I think it's time for the Aholes to look in the mirror if they want to find a solution to their decreasing market share.
Cranky64

Lake Worth, FL

#8 Mar 29, 2008
I worked for Giant for nearly 19 years during the IZZY days. Things were good then and people would go to work there and stay 30 years. Pay was always well above national average and the company took care of its workers. When the Dutch company came along I saw the righting on the wall and bailed out. I say they the days of journeyman meat cutters, professional produce and stock clerks are over. Grocery stores are nothing more the entry level jobs where kids can pay their way through school.
Tom

Towson, MD

#9 Mar 29, 2008
who cares let them strike wrote:
let them strike. what brains does it take to put a can peas on a shelf? if giant and safeway raise their prices, there is always mars and wiess. and the staff's there are much nicer.
or i might shop at giant on sunday. i would like nothing better to cross a union pickett line.
AMERICA'S UNION. DESTROYING THE COUNTRY ONE COMPANY AT A TIME.
AMEN

Fire them all!
Steve

Washington, DC

#10 Mar 29, 2008
Let the greedy people go on strike. There are plenty of jobless people that will be happy to stock food for a very generous $12 bucks an hour and up.
Monkeyman

Fort Washington, MD

#11 Mar 29, 2008
Please tell me which grocery chain has a starting salary of $12 per hour. If this were the starting salary, there might not be any talk of a strike. Most chains start at $7 per hour. This is why there are customer service complaints.
CHARLIE

Washington, DC

#12 Mar 29, 2008
i'm sure the people that work for these food stores really need some kind of help --healthcare,rising costs. it would only make the stores lose money if they do strike. i hope they come to some kind of compromise, i don;t think i would like to
see food problems for the public.
Jeff

Anderson, SC

#13 Mar 29, 2008
Bush on the way with economic stimulus up the butt! Republican way...screw the middle class....
Lee

United States

#14 Mar 29, 2008
I can't believe the level of lack compassion here. Some of these people are your friends and/or neighbors working at these jobs. They need to feed their families too and afford health care or else they wind up on public assistance. since when did life become a race to the bottom line? "screw them" as long as I am not getting screwed seems to be the rational now?

You act like there is something wrong with people trying to get their company to pay them better and treat them better. They even noted that they've taken cuts in the past to help the company. Safeway & Gaint aren't floundering, they're just not making it hand over fist like they used to.

And wanting to cross union lines: that's bs. People joining together to form unions and protect their jobs IS REALLY THE AMERICAN WAY. If not for unions standing up to corporate greed for all of us, we'd all be working 80 weeks for next to nothing with absolutely no rights. WAKE UP.
bbl

Summerville, SC

#15 Mar 29, 2008
7 people in my family have worked for Giant over the years. The teeny tiny little amount they contribute for health insurance is laughable. As I told my sister, aunt and cousins - when you pay the same 30% of your health care premiums that I do, I'll walk the line with you. Until then, stop being greedy. The days of union guaranteed jobs, guaranteed wages and fully paid benefits are long over, and should be. The sense of entitlement at my local Giant is sickening.

“Don't protect me from me!”

Since: Jul 07

Westland, MI

#16 Mar 29, 2008
Go ahead and strike! Have a good time. I'll go to my local non-union grocer.

If they really don't like the wages and benefits the employees are free to go elsewhere.
Philip Willen

AOL

#17 Mar 29, 2008
Perhaps, the reason Giant is losing market share is not only because of not keeping up with today's marketing strategy & competition...but their some of their employees are abrupt, rude and in some cases downright nasty!!!! Trues some employees I talked to are helpful & smiling. BUT, ask for information or go through their cashier lines. Especially the Giant on Old Court Road. Their employees forget who are their customers. See how Weman's & Trader Joe's emploees handle their customers.
to all morons

Halethorpe, MD

#18 Mar 29, 2008
non skilled meat cutters thats funny. i cant wait till all you jerks go to your local store and have some $8 hr help handling your raw food. i hope you will be the lucky one who gets food poisoning from the unskilled employees.
you get what you pay for

Halethorpe, MD

#19 Mar 29, 2008
Philip Willen wrote:
Perhaps, the reason Giant is losing market share is not only because of not keeping up with today's marketing strategy & competition...but their some of their employees are abrupt, rude and in some cases downright nasty!!!! Trues some employees I talked to are helpful & smiling. BUT, ask for information or go through their cashier lines. Especially the Giant on Old Court Road. Their employees forget who are their customers. See how Weman's & Trader Joe's emploees handle their customers.
those nasty people you're talking about are the wonderful new employees of giant the ones who dont care about their jobs or their customers. why? maybe because they dont get benifits for 5 years they have to work twice as long as i had to work to get their raises. who can raise a family pay mortgage bge on $8 hr and 16 hours a week because thats what these people are getting so please get real they might not be as educated as some of you be they are tring to live.

“Don't protect me from me!”

Since: Jul 07

Westland, MI

#20 Mar 29, 2008
you get what you pay for wrote:
<quoted text>
those nasty people you're talking about are the wonderful new employees of giant the ones who dont care about their jobs or their customers. why? maybe because they dont get benifits for 5 years they have to work twice as long as i had to work to get their raises. who can raise a family pay mortgage bge on $8 hr and 16 hours a week because thats what these people are getting so please get real they might not be as educated as some of you be they are tring to live.
Maybe they should have thought twice about buying a house and having kids if they are only capable of getting a job that requires $8/hour skills.

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