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Grocery distributors go on strike

auburn strikeAUBURN – Grocery workers who deliver organic foods to Safeway, PCC and Whole Foods went on strike Monday evening.

About 165 warehouse workers and drivers at United Natural Foods distribution center in Auburn said they went on strike because they are seeking higher wages and a better working environment. Teamsters Local 117 said other workers in the area who do similar work get paid about 25 percent more than employees at UNFI.

Workers have been on the job without a contract since the end of February; a contract extension expired at the end of August.

The striking workers deliver dry goods and dairy products — the impact of their strike could affect what is available at stores like Whole Foods and Safeway. The company brought in about 50 non-union workers.

Local 117 also said the National Labor Relations Board is investigating UNFI for 45 violations of federal labor law. Some of the allegations include putting workers under surveillance, intimidation and refusing to bargain in good faith.

UNFI has not issued a statement regarding the strike. Whole Foods issued a statement that said they do not expect any disruption in service or goods at their stores.

4 comments

  • frankbrunson

    Seems like there have been a lot of strikes lately. Are there more, or is there just more media publicity? Two weeks before Christmas is a rough time to go out on strike and miss a paycheck.

  • Mevin McCain

    This company has made so much in profit for the last few years and has only wanted to pay emplyees very little. Even a couple of years ago this company tried to compare UNFI with Microsoft and Boeing which had no similarity in business The company seems to only make the profit. While with no respect to their employees being only pressured under the thumb of higher CEO/VP etc. Along with so much unfair practices that has occurred this company even don’t care because it all about them and not the workers. Sort of like bondage we don’t care because they felt problem with these members nothing would happen. This is why like many other companies to make themselves is to look good in giving donations and commute work makes this picture look great. Purging up a security fence and security guards in place. They rather do this than take care of there employees. If this company had the Right To Work. The employees would really hurt. The sad part is to have someone in a higher position to make a statement about all of its employees is not about union but non-union as well. This tells me right this only watch the numbers for profit and not the benefit for all. HINT: As of the early part of the year this had a publication department that made it all work UNFI. This company in Auburn let go these non-unions workers train others in another state then released them from this facility in Auburn. This tries to make a pretty picture outside but screws there workers on the inside. Question: HOW BIG IS YOUR WALLET COMPARED TO MINES. QUIT DOING WORKERS WORK AND THE EMPLOYEE MAKE IT HAPPEN AND PPAAYYEEE THE WORKER

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