Albertsons http://kplu.org en Local Grocery Workers Approve Tentative Deal with Employers http://kplu.org/post/local-grocery-workers-approve-tentative-deal-employers <p>Some 21,000 local grocery workers have overwhelmingly approved a tentative deal with their employers.</p><p>“They tried to turn us into Walmart, and they did not succeed," said Dave Schmitz, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:18:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 10754 at http://kplu.org Local Grocery Workers Approve Tentative Deal with Employers Grocery Workers Reach Tentative Deal with Employers, Avert Strike http://kplu.org/post/grocery-workers-reach-tentative-deal-employers-avert-strike <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Spokesmen for both sides in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers to the brink of a strike say a tentative agreement has been reached. That prevents a threatened walkout at four major grocery chains.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:34:33 +0000 The Associated Press 10588 at http://kplu.org Grocery Workers Reach Tentative Deal with Employers, Avert Strike Grocery Workers Give 72-Hour Strike Notice http://kplu.org/post/grocery-workers-give-72-hour-strike-notice <p>About 21,000 grocery workers at QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway, and Albertsons in the Puget Sound region have given notice that they plan to go on strike in 72 hours.&nbsp;</p><p>That shows the two sides failed to reach agreement on a new contract, in spite of renewed negotiations this past week. Union officials have said the companies want to restrict health insurance to employees who work 30 hours a week or more, in addition to essentially freezing wages.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 03:17:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 10558 at http://kplu.org Grocery Workers Give 72-Hour Strike Notice Traditional Grocery Chains Wage a Two-Front Battle http://kplu.org/post/traditional-grocery-chains-wage-two-front-battle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All you have to do is turn on your TV lately to see evidence of the grocery wars.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One recent Walmart ad states: &quot;With Fred Meyer fuel points, you could save $1.30 at the pump. At Walmart, you could have saved a total of $17.92.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Wow, that&#39;s awesome!&quot; the woman shopper in the commercial exclaims.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:31:19 +0000 Ashley Gross 10494 at http://kplu.org Traditional Grocery Chains Wage a Two-Front Battle Union for Local Grocery Workers in Talks http://kplu.org/post/union-local-grocery-workers-talks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Talks resumed Thursday between grocery stores and the union representing more than 20,000 of their workers at </span>QFC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and </span>Albertson&rsquo;s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. If the talks fail, the union could go on strike. And that has grocery stores preparing to hire replacements.</span></p><p>A sign outside a Safeway store in lower Queen Anne advertises for temporary workers for $12 an hour. The reason: a &ldquo;potential labor dispute.&rdquo; Tom Geiger, a spokesman for the grocery workers, says he&rsquo;s not surprised.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:01:06 +0000 Ed Ronco 10389 at http://kplu.org Union for Local Grocery Workers in Talks Local Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike http://kplu.org/post/local-grocery-store-workers-vote-authorize-strike <p>With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The union members said they&#39;re upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The workers added that a strike isn&rsquo;t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:21:57 +0000 Ashley Gross & Martha Kang 10149 at http://kplu.org Local Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike Is Seattle Heading for a Grocery Store Strike? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-heading-grocery-store-strike <p>About 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region will be voting next week on whether to authorize a strike. That’s after the bargaining team decided to recommend a strike vote, saying they made no progress in bargaining earlier this week.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:35:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 10075 at http://kplu.org Is Seattle Heading for a Grocery Store Strike? Seattle-Area Grocery Workers Stage Informational Pickets http://kplu.org/post/seattle-area-grocery-workers-stage-informational-pickets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region are stepping up pressure on their employers as they try to reach a contract deal. They’re staging informational pickets everywhere from </span>Bremerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to Seattle, to </span>Lynnwood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this afternoon to get their message out to customers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:04:14 +0000 Ashley Gross 9805 at http://kplu.org