WASHINGTON — Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union targeted Supervalu and Kroger in a series of store events last week in several cities across the country.
The events at Supervalu-owned stores primarily involved the handing out of leaflets that said, in part, if Supervalu “gets its way” in Southern California “[by] refusing to agree to provide the living wages and affordable health care its workers [there] deserve, it will likely try to do the same thing to workers in this store.” The leaflets were distributed at Supervalu-owned Acme Markets in Philadelphia, Jewel Food Stores in Chicago, Cub Stores in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Albertsons stores in Seattle and Portland, as well as in Southern California.
In addition to a press conference at Acme in Philadelphia, the union held press conferences at Kroger stores in Toledo and Houston, where the UFCW is in negotiations.
While sister locals were rallying in support of their own causes and those of the retail clerks in Southern California, the seven UFCW locals there resumed bargaining sessions last week with the three area employers — Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons — after a one-week hiatus. However, the two sides could not even agree on the reason for the cessation, with the union attributing it to a cooling-off period suggested by the federal mediator and the employers saying it was due to scheduling conflicts during the off week.