Striking Grocery Workers Ratify New Contract
By an overwhelmingly strong ratification vote the striking grocery workers in Southern California approved a new contract with Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons. The United Food and Commercial Workers union announced Sunday evening that the contract was approved by 86% of the voting membership.
The agreement covers 70,000 workers employed by the major grocery chains in California. The UFCW said that people who have been on strike or locked out since October 11 will begin returning to their jobs this week.
President Scardelletti sent his congratulations to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its members for the sacrifices that were made in order to reach their new agreement. President Scardelletti stated, “the solidarity of the grocery workers is an inspiration for all union members and shows what can be accomplished when the members stand together.”
The AFL-CIO has stated that its Adopt-a-Striking-Family program will remain active through the month of March. Many of the workers will have to be recalled to their positions and this may take some time to accomplish. These families are still in need of the assistance that we and others have furnished to them.
Click here to read AFL-CIO President Sweeney’s Statement