On April 16, the Los Angeles County Confederation of Labor unanimously approved the UFCW’s request for a strike permit representing 300 unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO (LA Fed) and 800,000 workers and their families. Said.
According to a press release, the measures could affect stores in central California up to the border with Mexico and add 7,000 grocery workers to the strike. On March 19, seven members United Food and Business Workers (UFCW) Locals in California voted to approve economic measures, including a strike if necessary. UFCW locals in the bargaining section are local 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, 1442, and 8-GS. The contract with Food 4 Less expired on March 7th.
“Today’s strike permission food 4 underscores the unquestionable solidarity with less grocery workers. More than 300 of our subsidiaries, representing more than 800,000 workers and their families in LA County, stand with us when we need them most. But food 4 is not being bought less, ”said Ron Herrera, president of the Los Angeles County Workers’ Federation.
Ron Herrera said if the controversy is not resolved, the Food 4 less brand will be added to the “Do Not Support” list.
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The extended contract with Food 4 Less expired in early March, after which the employees have been working without a negotiation agreement.
“Food 4 can treat us reasonably less, but until now, they refuse to do so. The company treats us workers and the communities we serve as second-class citizens. We need to change that. They get paid more and better offers to do the same job, and workers demand equal pay for equal work, ”said Susan Hernandez, an employee at Food 4 Less Supermarket in North Hollywood.
UFCW770 President John Grant said the union was ready to intensify the struggle until a fair trade union agreement was reached for grocery workers.
The deal is being negotiated as UFCW unions fight against Crocker’s shop closures under local risk pay orders.