Is Deal Imminent In SoCal Strike?

Feb 26, 2004

By George Anderson

Reports coming out of California suggest the ongoing grocery strike/lockout in the Southern part of the state is about to come to an end.

According to an unidentified source on the Redlands Daily Facts Web site, “The final details are being hammered out and an agreement is imminent.”

The two sides, management at Albertsons, Kroger and Safeway and representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) have been in talks for 15 consecutive days
seeking an end to the impasse.

Sources say the negotiated deal would reduce current employees’ health benefits and new employees hired would receive a different pay scale than those already on the job. Current
employees are likely to receive a pay increase to help soften the blow of assuming more financial responsibility for medical premiums and/or co-pays.

Moderator’s Comment: Have the two sides in the grocery strike burned all bridges to one
another? How do the two sides move forward should negotiators come to an agreement today?

It’s hard to imagine either side either forgetting or forgiving after the acrimony of the past several months. George
Anderson – Moderator

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