The grocery store industry in recent years has been characterized by increased consolidation, with large chains buying up smaller ones. All of this change in ownership has frequently been to the detriment of grocery store employees, as new ownership seeks to cut labor costs by laying off workers, often with very little warning.
Southern California grocery workers have voted to ratify a new employment contract, which had been negotiated over the last eight months. Included in the contract are 62,000 employees of Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons and related grocery businesses. The workers included in the contract are baggers, checkers and meat cutters as well as other grocery workers.
Southern California grocery workers are still in negotiations with grocery chains Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs. The unions and the employers have been in contract negotiations for the last seven months. In August, grocery employees voted to strike if necessary, but have continued to try to work out a deal around the bargaining table for now.
Thousands of union grocery workers throughout Southern California are threatening to walk off the job indefinitely until a new and more favorable health care proposal is put on the table by three major grocery store chains.
The United Food and Commercial Workers grocery employees' union has been in contract negotiations for the last six months with the grocery chains Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs, but the two sides don't seem to be getting any closer together. This weekend, the union will decide whether to go on strike. On Friday and Saturday, the votes will be counted, charting the next course of the dispute.
Grocery workers employed at Southern California Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons have been threatening a labor strike. Current contract negotiations have been going on since last March when the previous contract expired.