Grocery workers prepare for labor talks

The last time Southern California's largest supermarket chains battled with their employees' union over a labor contract, the dispute escalated into a strike-lockout that dragged on for nearly five months. Full Story
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vince godinez

Alhambra, CA

#1 Mar 21, 2007
why do we need to go on another strike? I think Albertsons should offer is employees a fair contract for at least five years and get ride of the UNION , the oly ones who lose during a strike are workers and their families.
Say again

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#2 Mar 22, 2007
vince godinez wrote:
why do we need to go on another strike? I think Albertsons should offer is employees a fair contract for at least five years and get ride of the UNION , the oly ones who lose during a strike are workers and their families.
And the shoppers!
Victoria

Twentynine Palms, CA

#3 Mar 23, 2007
I'm giving my Union reps authorization to call a strike because the company has not given us a fair proposal to vote on. A YES vote this Sunday (here in S.C.)does not mean we are going on strike.
It's just a strong tool to take to the bargaining table. Our Union is looking out for our best interest. Albertsons is looking out for it's best interest and it sure as heck not you or me.
You & I would not have any of the wages or benefits we have today if not for UNIONS. If you make more than minimum wage, get overtime pay,vacation time,sick pay....than thank a union member, who long ago paved the way so you and I could have a voice against a greedy and/or bully employer. Corporations have no heart. We the labors are the heart of the stores in which we work. We deserve nothing less than a fair contract just like Stater Bros. Vote yes to authorize a strike action if needed, or perhaps you'd rather start puckering up & kissing the companies, you know what.
Stay Strong & United - WE WILL PREVAIL!!!!!
Victoria

Twentynine Palms, CA

#4 Mar 23, 2007
vince godinez wrote:
why do we need to go on another strike? I think Albertsons should offer is employees a fair contract for at least five years and get ride of the UNION , the oly ones who lose during a strike are workers and their families.
Vince, wake up, your dreaming. Albertsons is not interested in what you & I think they should do. They are only concerned about what more than can get out of you and I at the lowest cost. They want us to smile and whistle while-we-work, as they shrink our hours and benefits.( They have a quartet and they want it to perform like a symphoney orchestra.)
Our employers are unrealistic, unfair & greedy.
Lets fight for what you know is right.
Never,never give up. Solidarity can not be beat!
motomom

United States

#5 Mar 23, 2007
We were badly beat the last time. If there is a strike, I am packing up my motorhome and heading out for a little R & R. Oh, how can you vote for a call to strike and not know what you are actually voting for? It is like voting for a president and not know who is running. Both parties are telling the truth. It's a game to them and last time we all struck out.
motomom

United States

#6 Mar 23, 2007
The word "not" was left out when I wrote, "both parties are telling the truth". Sorry for the confusion.
dirtbag

Chula Vista, CA

#7 Mar 23, 2007
vince godinez wrote:
why do we need to go on another strike? I think Albertsons should offer is employees a fair contract for at least five years and get ride of the UNION , the oly ones who lose during a strike are workers and their families.
Let me say it this way. You would have never got a job at Albertson, because you would have never worked for 7.25 an hour. You want to work without a union go to Wallmart and see how much you get paid their. Does anyone you know own a house that works at wallmart?
Victoria

Twentynine Palms, CA

#8 Mar 24, 2007
motomom wrote:
The word "not" was left out when I wrote, "both parties are telling the truth". Sorry for the confusion.
Please remember this if nothing else, you and I are the UNION. I know that our reps do not wear halos and that goes for the corp suits too. I believe in me and the strengh of my union member brothers and sisters, particularly the ones who held the picket lines with me for more than 140 days. Through the insults, fires, smoke and the bitter cold and rains not to mention the lost time on holidays with our real families. All the while our employers were lying in courts before judges and sharing equaly in the booty with the Ralphs pirates. They forced us out. Our employers have the power to lock us out again regardless of a strike vote or not. A strike vote now is the ONE AND ONLY WEAPON WE HAVE at the bargaining table.
HELLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
CHECK OUT this HOT OFF THE PRESS NEWS: SuperValu just settled a big overtime lawsuit. It was just annouced Friday afternoon.( www.idahostatesman.com )
Their guilty of not paying for over time and 'Off the clock' work. Their fine is over (53) fifty three million dollars. Union lawyers fought for justice and union members have won! I know because my husband Micheal is party to the class action.

Well,I pray justice will prevail in the end.
God Bless.
In solidarity, Victoria
Victoria

Twentynine Palms, CA

#9 Mar 24, 2007
dirtbag wrote:
<quoted text>Let me say it this way. You would have never got a job at Albertson, because you would have never worked for 7.25 an hour. You want to work without a union go to Wallmart and see how much you get paid their. Does anyone you know own a house that works at wallmart?
Good point 'Dirtbag', very good point.
Shopper

Arroyo Grande, CA

#10 Mar 26, 2007
What's the reason for the strike?
John

San Pedro, CA

#11 Mar 26, 2007
Just take what the company gives you, think about your fellow union members. Can you afford another strike? You have to keep in mind that you are UFCW, you guys are not strong as a union. you will most likely end up hurting yourself in the long run. Yes and wal mart does get a very low wage but, you guys do the same work as they, why should you get more. Just take what you can get.
dirtbag

Chula Vista, CA

#12 Mar 26, 2007
John wrote:
Just take what the company gives you, think about your fellow union members. Can you afford another strike? You have to keep in mind that you are UFCW, you guys are not strong as a union. you will most likely end up hurting yourself in the long run. Yes and wal mart does get a very low wage but, you guys do the same work as they, why should you get more. Just take what you can get.
It sounds to me that you work at wallmart or some other non union company.
Its not about taking what we can get, its about keeping what we had and have.
vince godinez

Alhambra, CA

#13 Mar 26, 2007
ok guys every body vote yes on strike!!!!!!! lets what what we need for a better life, I sure we deserve it don't we? lets fight the company as good soldiers, we work so hard and we deserv the best.
AAA

AOL

#14 Mar 26, 2007
Albertsons in Colorado have basically closed almost all Union stores. Only few remain. We are screwed in everyway because we have no voice, no leverage. We get what they offer. Period. Good Luck to all in Cal. Stand up for what is right and fair, and know that you do have support and respect in other states.
Victoria

Twentynine Palms, CA

#15 Mar 26, 2007
Shopper wrote:
What's the reason for the strike?
Please remember the FACTS: A strike vote authorization is for a potential strike. UFCW has not called for a strike ( work stoppage ).
FACT:The corporations Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons can still lock us out, and they are NOT going to ask us for a vote or for our permission.
FACT: The companys can lockout and the unions can call a work stoppage.(strike)
FACT: The grocery workers simply want equal pay for equal work,with quality affordable health care and retirement benefits for ALL WORKERS.
FACT: Stater Bros. and Gelsons negotiated fair contracts. If they can afford it,the big 3 can too. FACT: Albertsons is just being a greedy, pig headed stubborn jack-ass.
QUESTION: If you don't want to sing why join a choir?
motomom

United States

#16 Mar 26, 2007
I held the picket sign for 140 days as well. What did this get me? A denial for braces for my son. I paid for them out of my pocket ($3500). During the time that he had the braces, he needed two root canals. They haven't reimbursed me for the expenses, after submitting now for the third time) because they need before xrays and after xrays which have been sent three times. Again,$2400 out of my pocket. He just got his braces off in december. A crown was put on each tooth during the months of Feb. and March. Again,$1964 out of my pocket and I just found out that because he is under sixteen, he only gets credit for the silver crowns that they put on kids teeth and only reimbrused me $220. He turned 16 in march and they wouldn't make any exceptions. Now, How does the union work for me? I am a single parent. I lost my husband to cancer last year. Like I said before, I held the picket sign for me and now look ant the medical bills that I have for my son let alone all the medcial bills I had to pay for my husband that totalled $13000. yes,$13,000 for last year before he passed away. None of which was reimbursed. How does the union work for me?
Big Lebowski

Santa Barbara, CA

#17 Mar 27, 2007
You should definitely VOTE YES on the strike. Ralphs ,Albertsons, Vons cannot afford another strike. The only reason the laststrike worked for the companys was because they all had an agreement to lock out their employees if there was a strike against one. Thats why Steve Burd CEO of Vons pushed the Union into having to strike. After the Beating Albertsons and Ralphs took on their profits, I don't think that they will agree to that again. Steve Burd has openly admitted to wanting to eliminate the Union and the benefits it provides to it's members. He has openly and flagrantly stated that grocery works should not get paid more than minimum wage because the job does not require an education. According to forbes he gets paid $1.3 Million plus options yet he doesn't want you to have medical insurance for your family. He needs to GO and the only way to get rid of him is to be prepared for a long harsh strike. Make Vons lose millions and refuse to negotiate until Burd and his hand picked board members are fired.
Kell

AOL

#18 Mar 27, 2007
I beg to differ with you Victoria on the Staters/Gelson's contract. All they "negotiated" for was a raise, they left all the hard details up to us in a "ME TOO" situation. This happened last time too! I think we all should have to fight the fight togeether. I still hear complaints from Staters people about having to chip in each week toward the end there to make up our strike pay. We were out there for everybody, we wopuld have much rather worked!
Victoria

Twentynine Palms, CA

#19 Mar 27, 2007
Kell, you are right. Staters/Gelsons have not completed their contracts. Do you work for Staters or Al's?
I have 27 years w/Lucky/Albertsons/SuperValu.
It has been a good career job.
The Union contract saved my life.
I do not want a strike, ever.
But,I will stand with my Union should there be a work-stoppage.
The corporations are counting on our ignorance and our weakness to conquer us. They are laughing at the division all this is causing. I always save a tiny bit of money each week in the last year of a contract. Because I know that I may need a savings to carry me through a lockout or strike. Many members do not save for the possibility of a strike or lockout. That is foolish and simply irresponsible. Every working American needs to be prepared for hard times rather they are union or not. I too believe we should fight together. So lets stay united. I believe that if you are brought to IT your Faith will see you through IT.
Pray and God willing we will prevail. Regards, Vicky
Keep The Faith.
Kell

AOL

#20 Mar 28, 2007
Hi Vicky, I work for Albertsons. 16 years now.
I too will strike if called upon to do it. But I still have a bad taste in my mouth when I hear the union say "Staters did it, you can too" Oh brother. Talk about misleading. I also am one to save for a rainy day and am not worried about myself. This is just nasty business. This whole thing. But I'll do what is expected if the time comes. I have to say though, we now have 11 people out on "stress" in the last 2 weeks. Funny how it's the same group that was out the last time!!!
Kelly

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