Grocery workers and management still talking

grocery storeSEATTLE – Both the unions representing grocery store employees and the local grocery store management will continue their contract negotiations on Saturday.  United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Tom Geiger said that both sides talked until 10:15 p.m. Friday.  Both the unions and Allied Employers continue to bargain over details regarding health care, salary, holiday pay and paid sick leave.  Allied Employers represents Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway grocery store chains.

The unions, (UFCW Locals 21 and 367 and Teamsters Local 38) are comprised of 30,000 Western Washington grocery workers.  Union members have authorizeda strike if negotiations are unsuccessful.  Some of the grocery stores have posted ads and flyers calling for applications from workers who would replace strikers if a strike is called.

 

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4 comments

  • BDCopley

    I would never cross a picket line. Workers work hard for their money and this is a organized attempt of the employees to tell the employers that they need more money and better benefits. Union workers don't strike at the drop of the hat. It's usually at the last resort .

  • Travud

    When unions were first formed they fought for workers basic rights….. 8 hour work days, breaks, an end to child labor and so forth. Now unions are just bullies forcing employers to bend to their will by black mail…..oh, oops, I meant striking.

    I will gladly pass through the picket lines. In an economy like the one we have now im sure we could find plenty of replacement enployees to work for the wages currently offered by the allied employers.

    • JPRP

      I agree with these unions being bullies, but the workers aren't just fighting for wages. I'm sure they can deal with the fact that they might not get a 10 cent raise. It's also about keeping holiday pay, benefits and sick pay. These people work hard all day during a holiday, sacrifice their time away from family and they you think they shouldn't get holiday pay? I bet you wouldn't do that. (They already don't get paid for all holidays).
      As far as benefits go, not everyone likes the idea of Obamacare so being able to have insurance through work is better option.

      Its not really fighting for more- it's fighting to not get these things taken away.

    • T1313

      Bullies, black mail? lol have you even noticed the average wage in the us is around $18 per hr. Per IRS. Current wages have slowly been loosing its spending power since the 70's! If your not getting a cost of living increase of at least 9% per yrs then your dollar is losing it power. Inflation runs on average between 6% and 13% fluctuation per year. But don't take my word for it do your own research.