Unions Protest at Safeway Worker Hirings

LANDOVER, Md. — The union representing workers at Safeway [3] stores here on Tuesday held demonstrations at three sites where the retailer was to recruit and train replacement workers to be used in the event of a work stoppage.

The workers — members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 — are engaged in negotiations with Safeway and Giant-Landover [4] on a contract to replace one that is to expire March 31.

The protests took place at three Washington-area Safeway stores where the company set up temporary hiring halls in the event of a worker strike or lockout. The Safeway employees also handed out fliers urging customers to express their support for the workers.