Tuesday, October 14, 2003

grocery store strike - "L.A. is a Wal-Mart town. Get used to it."

Robert Greene from the LA Weekly wrote a great article regarding the Southern California grocery strike that has been taking place since Sunday. The strike is more than just grocery store employees requesting higher wages. It's a battle between the Wal-Mart super-power and the grocery stores.

"Pressure from Wal-Marts lower costs and grocery prices moved Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons to demand Southern California contract concessions from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which responded this week with a strike vote. As grocery workers prepare to picket, their union, Councilman Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) are readying an ordinance that would bar Wal-Mart from ever selling groceries in Los Angeles unless the virulently anti-union corporation takes the unlikely step of agreeing to pay its grocery workers a prevailing wage."

Read Entire Article Here