May 26, 2011

Southern California Supermarket Bargaining Update

Negotiations between UFCW Locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428 and 1442 and the three major supermarket chains continue, aided by the work of the federal mediator. Safeway, Kroger and Supervalu have made demands that would undermine working standards and threaten affordable health care coverage for tens of thousands of workers. Among the employer proposals are health & welfare contributions that cover less than half the amount needed to continue to fund the current level of benefits, inadequate pension funding, and untenable work rule language. Wage rates have not yet been discussed. The health care language alone would shift $450 million to our members over the next three years.

UFCW local unions are committed to the bargaining process while preparing their members and customers to stick together for good jobs in the supermarket industry. Picket captain meetings are scheduled this week.

For updates, go to:

UFCW Local 8GS:
UFCW Local 135:
UFCW Local 324:
UFCW Local 770:
UFCW Local 1167:
UFCW Local 1428:
UFCW Local 1442:

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