No Replay of SoCal in D.C.

Mar 30, 2004

By George Anderson

It appears as though the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and the Giant Food and Safeway supermarket chains will be able to avoid a contentious strike like that
which rocked the Southern California grocery market in recent months.

The 18,000 members of the UFCW are expected to vote to approve a new four-year pact with the chains that will require them to pick up a larger piece of their medical benefits
tab and cut back on Sunday and holiday pay, reports the Washington Post.

Moderator’s Comment: Does the apparent agreement between the UFCW and the chains in Washington, D.C. herald a new
relationship between the parties or at least the understanding that things have to change?

Edouard Aubin, an analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities said everyone learned from the Southern California strike. “Everybody agrees that both sides lost
during that strike. Nobody wants to repeat that.”
Anderson – Moderator

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