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CA grocery workers prepare to strike

If a deal is not reached by Easter, workers say they will go on strike.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Will your native grocery retailer have a strike on its fingers in a couple of weeks? 

That’s the question persons are asking because the house owners of Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons grocery shops proceed to negotiate with the unions that symbolize 47,000 grocery retailer workers throughout Southern California, together with about 7,000 in San Diego County. 

The United Food and Commercial Workers union introduced its members unanimously voted to transfer ahead with a strike, if a deal is not reached by Easter Sunday. 

Grocery retailer workers CBS 8 talked to say they cannot even afford the groceries they promote on their present wages. 

Store representatives we talked to say, they’re attempting to preserve the price of groceries down for all shoppers.

“A lot of people are worried about the prices going up if we get a raise,” mentioned Davida Duenas, who works at Ralphs in Bonita. “The prices are going to go up no matter what.” 

Duenas additionally shared that after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, grocery retailer workers grew to become important entrance line workers and now it’s time for his or her employers to recognize their efforts. 

“The stores were packed. You couldn’t get through walking and not bump into another person and they push you out of the way and yell at you every day,” said Duenas. “I ended up getting COVID at work and I introduced it residence to my three children and my husband.”

Maribel McKinze is a union organizer with the UFCW, she says grocery workers acquired COVID pay, nevertheless they’re value that and much more.  

That’s why McKinze says the UFCW is asking the house owners of Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons for a $5 per hour wage hike, phased in over the following three years.

Along with bolstered security requirements and ample scheduling and hours.

The grocery shops have provided annual 60-cent-per-hour wage will increase over the following three years, totaling $1.80 included of their $141 million in new wages over three years, a $2 hourly wage enhance for high rate associates and no enhance in well being care prices.

In a press release to CBS 8 March 30, Ralph’s vp of Operations, Robert Branton mentioned:

“Our three goals throughout negotiations are to reward and invest in our people, keep groceries affordable for our customers and maintain a sustainable business that creates jobs in the future. Ralphs’ proposal meets all three goals. The current UFCW proposal only meets one of those goals. We encourage the UFCW to join us in meaningful and balanced negotiations to promptly deliver wage increases to our associates.”

Randy Mills is a produce supervisor for Vons in San Diego. He says he was there the final time retailer workers went on strike. 

“Last time I did it for 6 months. I hope to God that doesn’t happen again.” mentioned Duenas. “We don’t want to. We don’t want to strike but we’re ready for it. If it comes to it, we’ll get through it. We’ve been doing that for the past few years.”

The final time grocery retailer workers went on strike in Southern California was 2003-2004. 

That strike lasted 141 days and analysts estimate that the strike price shops as a lot as $2 billion, whereas workers lost about $300 million in wages.

The UFCW union helps members financially whereas on strike. Union members we spoke with all say they hope it doesn’t come to a strike in any respect however they’re prepared simply in case.

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