heard this on Mac and Gaydos today. I'm torn honestly - most wages suck for jobs like this and people need to support their families; but the economy is crap.
What's the answer?
What's the answer?
Arizona Fry's, Safeway workers take strike vote
192 commentsby Max Jarman - Sept. 23, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
More than 20,000 employees at Arizona Safeway and Fry's grocery stores could go on strike next month if an impasse in contract negotiations can't be resolved.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99, which represents the workers, asked its members this week to approve a strike if ongoing negotiations fail.
Although votes won't be tallied until later in the week, the union believes it has more than enough support to call for a work stoppage.
It would be the first general grocery-strike authorization in decades. Meat cutters voted to strike in 1992, but a last-minute agreement avoided a walkout.
Contract negotiations are set to resume Thursday. Both sides say they are optimistic that an agreement can be reached.
"We're determined to get this resolved in negotiations," said Paul Rubin, the union's secretary-treasurer.
Safeway spokeswoman Kathy Kloo said it's the company's goal to peacefully reach new contracts without forcing anyone to think about a strike.
"No one benefits from a strike, especially in these economic times," she said.
The two grocers and the union are still smarting from a prolonged 2003 strike in Southern California. The 20-week walkout at Vons and Ralphs stores cost both sides billions of dollars in lost wages and revenue. Vons is owned by Safeway, and Ralphs by Fry's parent Kroger Co.
Safeway, Fry's and the union have been trying for almost a year to hammer out a new four-year labor agreement to replace one that expired last October. Union employees have been working under an extension to the old contract, which ends Oct 2.
"We've waited long enough for a contract, and we've waiting long enough without having a raise," said Gloria Jolivet, who works at a Fry's store in Chandler.
Although a number of non-economic issues have been agreed to, wages, pension contributions and health insurance remain stumbling blocks.
The companies' proposed 75-cent-an-hour raise, spread over three years, was called "totally unacceptable" by the union, which is asking for $1.55 spread over four years.
A proposed health-insurance co-pay of up to $15 per week also was rejected by the union.
Chris Waites, who also works at a Fry's in Chandler, has been used to paying nothing for health coverage. He said the additional $60 per month would be a hardship.
James Ramirez, who also works at a Fry's in Chandler, acknowledges that a strike, given the current economy and high unemployment, would be a hardship. He and others would be entitled to about $150 per week in strike pay should they walk out.
"That would be really hard," he said. "But it's a price that I'm willing to pay."
Fry's spokeswoman JoEllen Lynn said the company is hopeful that it can reach an agreement in the near future that is "fair to everyone."
so get a second job, work more hours.heard this on Mac and Gaydos today. I'm torn honestly - most wages suck for jobs like this and people need to support their families; but the economy is crap.
What's the answer?
dude sometimes your just a dumbass.It is beyond me why anyone would be on the corporation's side. All the corporations care about is the profit margin, they could care less how they effect people's lifes.
Yeah smart guy, they will just move the labor to china or something.dude sometimes your just a dumbass.
with out "corporate" and there profits and MONEY there would be NO employees.
in the free market people work for the compitition if there was better pay or benifits., the market will dictate whats going to happen with employees.
not true. In a true free market there would still be slavery.in the free market people work for the compitition if there was better pay or benifits., the market will dictate whats going to happen with employees.