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Grocery workers going on strike again? [Updated]


Remember the grocery strike and lockout of 2003-04? Are you ready for the sequel? The 62,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union has voted on whether to authorize a strike against the companies that own stores such as Ralphs, Vons, Pavillions and Albertsons. The previous action, which lasted 141 days cost the stores roughly $2 billion. Read all about it in the Times Business section.

[Corrected at 3:10 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said the strike and lockout were in 2007.]

-- Russ Parsons

Photo: Ralphs worker Jenny Perez casts her ballot. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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Are you kidding me? More pay and benefits? Sales have gone down. How is a business expected to provide more pay and benefits in these economic times? With these expectations it will only be a matter of time when these companies file for chapter 7. The word greed comes to mind. If they do go on strike I will continue to buy groceries at these establishments. There are thousands of people who wish they had a job. These people need to get rib of their sense of entitlement and appreciated that they have a paycheck.

no dont go to strike

no dont go to stike if u go your!!!!!!!! not going to get paid and no more health insurance

for people that think if you go to strike you won't get paid dont go to strike more health insurance there going to take more benifts

Go on strike? Yeah, right.

There are a lot of unemployed people aching for jobs and they don't like unions, as long as they're receiving a check.

Go ahead and strike I'll just buy from Fresh and Easy and Walmart.

Are there more union members today than before the last strike? I remember the media stating 75000 members in 2003. With this trend, well only have to survive two or three more strikes and they'll be gone for good

Ya? Try it.
Maybe we're gonna strike BACK this time. Anyone who remembers what the regular people of the communities had to go through knows what I mean.

Let me get this straight...the kid with the piercings through his nose and lips, tattooed head to toe with a died black mohawk and a nasty, disinterested look on his face as he does his UNNECESSARY job of pushing my groceries over a scanner - no "Hello", no eye contact, eyes glazed over - HE needs a raise, right? His "VALUABLE" service merits $15-$17/hour to do what machine could have done properly YEARS ago (but isn't it interesting how the "self checkouts" never seem to work right?) There is no benefit of having a human/cyborg unit hovering over a laser who lets me bag my own groceries, thankfully so I don't end up with Drano in my produce bag. As a summer project I think i will go get hired on as a proud SCAB.
This time when their thugs try to physically stop me (while with a 5 year old child) from going into the grocery store to buy their sour milk I may NOT be so acquiescent.

Does this mean that they will be hiring now?


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