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Positive coronavirus test for O.C. grocery worker prompts no local action

In the wake of a Huntington Beach grocery worker testing positive for the coronavirus, local officials continue to defer to minimal state and federal guidelines for responding to such cases rather than pursue more exacting measures adopted by some counties. Meanwhile, it remains unknown how many grocery store workers in the state are infected with the virus and where they worked. Whole Foods confirmed Wednesday, March 25, that an unidentified employee at its market in the Bella Terra mall had te...
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Is your grocer stocked? Some supplies return as coronavirus quarantines continue

The meat is back. So too is a limited supply of eggs and milk. But toilet paper? Not so fast, shoppers. Weeks after Southern California’s supermarkets were ravaged by hordes of shoppers on a coronavirus buying binge, grocery shelves are gradually returning to normal. The meat counter was fully stocked early Thursday at an Albertsons in Riverside. There were also ample supplies of produce, dairy and other essentials. Still missing was bread, rice, pasta, flour and packaged quick dinners. And the ...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Louisiana, Chatsworth, Southern California, Vons, Riverside, Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Whittier, Brian Wright, Los Angeles Daily News, La Habra, Ralphs, RANCHO CUCAMONGA


Coronavirus shutdown pushes California jobless claims to record high

The number of Californians seeking unemployment benefits has officially set a record high. And I’ll guarantee you this statistic — a quick snapshot of jobs lost since the coronavirus ravaged the economy — paints too pretty a picture of a much uglier reality. Sometimes economic stats aren’t as quick or as accurate as we’d like. Take Thursday’s release of what officials call the “advance number of actual initial claims under state programs.” It’s suddenly the hot new number for those looking to qu...
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Coronavirus job losses: California unemployment claims soar to record high

The number of Californians seeking unemployment benefits has officially set a record high. And I’ll guarantee you this statistic — a quick snapshot of jobs lost since coronavirus ravaged the economy — paints too pretty a picture of a much uglier reality. Sometimes economic stats aren’t as quick or as accurate as we’d like. Take Thursday’s release of what officials call the “advance number of actual initial claims under state programs.” It’s suddenly the hot new number for those looking to quanti...
Tags: Business, Texas, Jobs, News, California, California News, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Gavin Newsom, U S Bureau of Labor Statistics, UFCW, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


10 things on my mind about covid-19

1. Wealthy urbanites are fleeing to their second homes -- buying out grocery stores, expecting personal shoppers and home delivery, swelling vacation towns' size to summer proportions. This is the epitome of the egocentric, classist arrogance that often pervades the United States.2. In India, a planned lockdown of more than a billion people is expected to leave millions dead of starvation. As people become desperate, there will inevitably be rioting, police shootings, and all forms of rampant vi...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, India, Canada, United States, Labour, Health Care, Loblaws, UFCW, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, We Like Lists, COVID-19, Brazil Pakistan Nigeria, Blogger Google


One LA Metro worker, two contractors test positive for COVID-19

A maintenance worker at a LA Metro bus yard in South Los Angeles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the transit agency reported on Tuesday, March 25. The worker was last at his job on Monday, March 16. LA Metro received confirmation of a positive coronavirus test on Monday, March 23. The worker had been hospitalized but was released to his home and recover under quarantine, the agency reported. On Monday, March 23, the agency also reported two contractors working on LA Metro construc...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Transit, Soccer, Port Of Los Angeles, Nba, Epa, NHL, Local News, Metro, South Bay, South Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley


USNS Mercy expects to reach Port of Los Angeles Friday and start helping hospitals expecting coronavirus surge

The USNS Mercy, a Navy hospital ship that should help take the load off Los Angeles area hospitals as they treat coronavirus patients, is expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday and be in service by Saturday at the latest. The 1,000-bed ship – which was offshore of Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, March 25 – left San Diego on Monday and has been while en route making preparations to take patients. “The medical staff is utilizing the time to make sure all is ready for our arrival,” sa...
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Sneeze guards go up at grocery checkouts as UFCW petitions for coronavirus policy

Three of the country’s largest supermarket chains are installing partitions at checkout stands, and the union that represents local workers is trying to make those safety measures part of public policy in California. The United Food and Commercial Workers said Wednesday, March 25 that it is petitioning Gov. Gavin Newsom to include supermarket workers as emergency personnel in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The petition includes a state order for plexiglass partitions to create...
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Ralphs adding partitions to limit cashiers’ exposure to coronavirus

Ralphs is making its strongest move yet to protect its workers from the coronavirus, saying on Tuesday it will install plexiglass barriers to separate shoppers from cashiers. The supermarket said the two-week installation process begins   later this week with partitions added to every checkout line and pharmacy and Starbucks counters. Additionally, employees can opt to wear protective gloves and masks. Ralphs’ parent company, Kroger, is asking government officials to give grocery stores priority...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Starbucks, Orange County, Costco, Ontario, Kroger, Vons, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Ralphs, Albertsons, UFCW, Albertsons Vons, United Food and Commercial Workers, Cerberus Capital Management


Grocery union leader calls Ralphs’ coronavirus pay bonus ‘shameful’

The union that represents workers at Southern California’s very busy supermarkets is strongly criticizing Ralphs and Food 4 Less over its coronavirus-related bonus for employees, calling the $150-$300 payments “shameful.” Kroger’s CEO Rodney McMullen on Friday announced one-time bonuses of $150 for part-time workers and $300 for full-time employees who are straining to keep the stores stocked and clean. McMullen said the company also would expand its emergency leave program during the coronaviru...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Costco, Joe, Southern California, Ontario, Kroger, Fed, Riverside, McMullen, Ralphs, Stater Bros, UFCW, Albertsons Vons, United Food and Commercial Workers, Rodney McMullen


United States: UFCW Is Organizing Cannabis Workers: Labor And Operators Each Have Aces Up Their Sleeve - Foley Hoag LLP

The Boston Globe has a well-reported story out this morning on the United Food and Commercial Workers' unionization campaign at iAnthus-owned Mayflower Medicinals...
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Instacart is reportedly sending delivery workers anti-union memos ahead of their vote to organize in Illinois

Instacart part-time workers in Skokie, Illinois will vote to unionize on February 1, Vice reported. Ahead of the vote, Instacart's senior operations manager sent employees anti-union memos that warn workers of "expensive union dues." The grocery delivery company employs both part-time employees and independent contractors. The company's workers went on strike and criticized the app over the last two years for slashing wages. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After over a yea...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Chicago, Illinois, Instacart, Skokie, UFCW, Skokie Illinois, United Food and Commercial Workers Local, Loftis, Lauren Kaori Gurley, Chris Nolan Instacart, Joe Loftis


Biden: No Family Members Will ‘Have An Office’ In My White House

His comments at a UFCW forum came hours after his son Hunter Biden resigned from the board of a Chinese-backed firm.
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Joe Biden: No Family Members Would ‘Have An Office’ In My White House

His comments at a UFCW forum came hours after his son Hunter Biden resigned from the board of a Chinese-backed firm.
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Gelson’s in the fold with tentative union contract

A long season of union negotiations within the region’s supermarket industry got closer to ending Monday when a tentative agreement was announced with Gelson’s, a union leader said Monday, Oct. 7. The deal with Encino-based Gelson’s, with 27 locations from San Diego to Santa Barbara, will be voted on by union members next week. The company has about 2,500 employees, a spokesperson said. About 46,000 United Food and Commercial Union workers at Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons and Pavilions ratified a thr...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Bernardino, Gelson, Stater Bros, UFCW, Encino, Vons Ralphs Albertsons, Duffle, Joe Duffle, United Food and Commercial Union


Stater Bros. workers ratify new union contract

Workers at 172 Stater Bros. stores across the region have voted to ratify a three-year contract with the supermarket chain, a union said Friday. The contract between San Bernardino-based Stater Bros., Southern California’s largest regionally-based grocery chain, was announced earlier this week on a union website. It was confirmed Friday by Andrea Zinder, president of Orange County-based Local 324. Zinder declined to discuss the terms of the contract, but when the tentative agreement was announce...
Tags: Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Orange County, Orange, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Gelson, Stater Bros, UFCW, United Food and Commercial Workers, Zinder, Andrea Zinder


Southern California grocery chains, union have first mediated discussions

A federal mediator could increase the number of negotiation sessions between Southern California’s three major supermarkets and the union that represents their workers, a union leader said. Leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers‘ seven locals met with executives from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons on Thursday and Friday. The two sides are still not close to settling on to a contract for about 60,000 employees, said Joe Duffle, president of Local 1167. Last week’s sessions, however, were ...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Southern California, Vons, Fullerton, Seal Beach, Ralphs, Tustin, Albertsons, North Tustin, UFCW, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Vons Ralphs, Conger


Federal mediator called in to speed up grocery-union talks

A federal mediator has been asked to help move along contract talks between Southern California’s three major supermarket chains and the union that represents most of the workers in their stores. Leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers met with representatives from Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs for two days this week. A union negotiator said some progress has been made, but the two sides are far from an agreement on the major issues of wages and benefits. UFCW represents about 60,000 sup...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Central Valley, Southern California, Ralphs, UFCW, Albertsons Vons, United Food and Commercial Workers, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Duffle, Mike Shimpock, Shimpock, Joe Duffle


Union negotiations with 3 big grocers start March 5

Negotiations for a new contract between Southern California’s three major grocery chains and the union representing some 60,000 workers will begin in about three weeks, a labor official said Wednesday, Feb. 13. And tension is already brewing on the part of some union leaders. Leaders with United Food and Commercial Workers will sit down with representatives of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons on March 5 and 6, the president of one of the seven union locals involved said. The first meeting will take p...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Southern California, Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, UFCW, United Food and Commercial Workers, Votava, Conger, Ralphs Vons, Greg Conger, John Votava Ralphs


Negotiations with 3 big grocers, union to start March 5

Negotiations for a new contract between Southern California’s three major grocery chains and the union representing some 60,000 workers will begin in about three weeks, a labor official said Wednesday, Feb. 13. And tension is already brewing on the part of some union leaders. Leaders with United Food and Commercial Workers will sit down with representatives of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons on March 5 and 6, the president of one of the seven union locals involved said. The first meeting will take p...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Southern California, Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, UFCW, United Food and Commercial Workers, Votava, Conger, Ralphs Vons, Greg Conger, John Votava Ralphs


Ikea locked workers into a room and forced them to watch "scaremongering" anti-union powerpoints

When workers at an Ikea in Stoughton, Massachusetts expressed interest in forming a union, the company responded with an illegal anti-union crackdown that culminated in locking workers into a conference room and forcing them to watch anti-union slideshows that workers described as "scaremongering". An international union group filed a complaint against Ikea with the Dutch Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, citing similar incidents in Dublin, Ireland and Lisbon, Portugal....
Tags: Post, Business, News, Massachusetts, Ikea, OECD, Class War, Morrison, DUBLIN Ireland, Stoughton, Lisbon Portugal, UFCW, Stoughton Massachusetts, Guillotine Watch, Flatpack Guillotine Watch


Southern California Rite Aid stores, union workers reach contract agreement

Following months of failed negotiations and the threat of a strike, Rite Aid and nearly 6,000 unionized employees at the pharmacy chain’s Southern California stores have reached a three-year labor agreement, the parties announced Monday, Sept. 24. The United Food and Commercial Workers union has lifted its call for a boycott of the 357 Rite Aid stores as a result and is encouraging shoppers to support the pharmacies. “We think it’s a good deal, but I can’t talk about it until our members get a c...
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Labor leaders expected to endorse strike support for Rite Aid workers

Executive board members with the Los Angeles Federation of Labor AFL-CIO are expected on Monday to endorse strike support for an estimated 6,000 unionized Rite Aid workers in Southern California. Members from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents the employees, already voted to authorize a strike if necessary. The federation’s strike-sanction endorsement would mean that 300 member unions — representing about 800,000 union members and their families in Los Angeles County ...
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Disney, unions agree on contract to raise hourly wages to $15

Disneyland Resort will raise the hourly pay of more than 8,600 workers to $15 in January as part of a new contract with unions representing ride operators, ticket takers, retail sales clerks, janitors and parking attendants among others. The three-year agreement, approved by members of four resort unions late Thursday, follows months of protests over low pay, the filing of an Anaheim living wage ballot initiative, and widespread publicity in the U.S. and overseas depicting workers at the “Happie...
Tags: Business, Jobs, News, California, Disney, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Orange County, Bernie Sanders, Anaheim, Orange County Register


Union leader faces members' protest over sexual misconduct claims

The UFCW’s inaction over Mickey Kasparian, who settled lawsuits using union money, is hitting efforts to organize low-wage Latina workers, members of the San Diego local sayMembers of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) plan to protest at their union’s convention in Las Vegas this weekend, accusing the union of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct by one of its top leaders.Mickey Kasparian, president of the 14,000-member UFCW Local 135 based in San Diego, has settled four different...
Tags: California, US news, San Diego, Las Vegas, US unions, Sexual Harassment, UFCW, United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW, Mickey Kasparian


Collective Bargaining Employee Was Not Offered the Option of Joining Bargaining Unit Upon Hire

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: PA IM a new member and have a few questions..I've been offered to opt in or out of a few health care bargaining units in health care in both, both professional and non professional capacities, and NOW I've switched gears in order to be able to be a responsible and new single parent of two school age children by not being away from my children doing nite shifts or 16 hour days...so I thought I'd go back to the land of retail since...
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Amazon buying Whole Foods should terrify 'nearly every grocery store in the nation' (WFM, AMZN)

Grocery store shares tumbled after Amazon said its purchase of Whole Foods will go through on Monday.  The acquisition will lead to many perks for Amazon's grocery business, but some say the advantages are unfair. Restaurant and meal-kit services could also be hit by Amazon's growing food business.  Amazon's confirmed purchase of Whole Foods caused many grocery store shares to tumble — and for good reason.  Once the $13.7 billion deal goes through, many popular Whole Foods groceries will get ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Cnbc, Federal Trade Commission, Moody, Moody s Investors Service, UFCW, Whitten, Amazon and Whole Foods, WFM AMZN, Matt Perrone, Sarah Whitten


Washington University food service workers agree to union representation

More than 300 local food service workers employed by Bon Appetit, Washington University's food service provider, have voted in favor of representation by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655. UFCW will now represent the 320 employees at Washington University in contract negotiations with Bon Appetit and its parent company, Compass Group. UFCW Local 655 Communications Director Collin Reischman said the union will select Bon Appetit employees to serve on the bargaining committee that also...
Tags: Bon Appetit, Washington University, UFCW, Bon Appetit Washington University, United Food and Commercial Workers Local, Compass Group UFCW Local 655 Communications, Collin Reischman


New group joins Holten Meat strike

A new group of workers are joining the production employees already on strike at Holten Meat in Sauget, Illinois. Holten Meat maintenance workers plan to join the strike as of Monday, according to an announcement from the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655. Members of the UFCW Local 655 voted March 18 to reject a contract offer from Holten. UFCW Local 655 President David Cook said that the critical issue prompting the strike was seniority language as it relates to job mobility. Accordi...
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Unions ask for Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs boycott

A UFCW Local 135 spokeswoman says 14,000 union members could go on strike in roughly two weeks.
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