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Grocery Strike Looms In San Diego

The region's main labor organization today will urge San Diegans to respect picket lines in case grocery workers go on strike.

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council said a job action would involve 10,000 supermarket employees. The council's Evan McLaughlin said the AFL-CIO has sanctioned a possible strike.

California's chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers are negotiating new contracts with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons stores, and workers voted in April to authorize their leaders to call a strike, if necessary.

UFCW spokeswoman Ellen Anreder said negotiations are continuing, but a federal mediator has banned the two sides from giving further information to reporters.

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HarryStreet | June 7, 2011 at 5:43 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

Grocery companies have continued to disrespect the people that make their business success time and again. For years we've seen the careers in their stores dwindle to nothing.

I remember a time when you could raise a family, buy a home, send your kids to college with what your earned working in a grocery store. You made friends with the public and they were devoted to you as much as you appreciated their business.

Greed took over the grocery companies and shareholders as they figured you could get the same service by paying someone $10.50 an hour instead of a living wage that increased with the high cost of living. Now you have people so desperate for a job they're willing to work for less. How ludicrous!

And to what purpose? Does anyone believe the cutbacks they companies have done are really spent on something worthwhile? Of course not! The CEOs and shareholders are the ones lining their pockets.

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Howard | August 11, 2011 at 4:15 p.m. ― 5 years, 7 months ago

Micky The Bat is leading sheep down the wrong path.
This is the wrong time for this strike.
Talk about lining the pockets!
Look in to what the Union leaders are paid and the cost of the large party's your Union leaders have for one an other.
This is just class warfare on the part of the Unions.

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