Kim Sisson, another 770 member who traveled to Colorado to have her voice heard! You might recognize her as one of our bargaining committee members for the grocery contract campaign last year. Read her message on why the FTC needs to #StopTheMerger below 👇👇
My name is Kim Sisson, I am a front end supervisor for Vons in Montrose, CA, I have served our customers and the community for 10 years.
We worry that the divested stores will meet the same fate that Haggen did after the Safeway Albertsons merger in 2015 when Haggen closed over 100 stores after only a few months laying off thousands of workers who had been told many of the same things the companies are telling us today.
The Haggen failure is just one example of how disastrous it is for workers when divestitures go wrong and a repeat of this failure would be devastating for us and our families and the surrounding communities.
We watched as the companies showed us their true colors by putting most of their record breaking profits into the pockets of stockholders and executives instead of investing in the health, safety and security of the very people who worked so hard to make them those profits.
So how can we believe the companies when they say they are not going to shut down stores and employees won't be laid off?
The Federal Trade Commission has a huge responsibility to not allow this mega merger of Kroger and Albertsons so that employees can continue to work at two different companies and customers can continue to benefit from competition.
Grocery workers gathered today in Colorado to tell their personal stories to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan and Colorado State Attorney Philip J. Weiser in their efforts to #StopTheMerger
Monique Hightower (770 member) shares her story:
Albertsons and Kroger say that they want to sell off hundreds of stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers to get this merger approved. This sounds very similar to what happened during the Albertsons and Safeway merger back in 2015 and I don’t want any worker to struggle as my coworkers and I did back then.
My coworkers and I endured many changes in my store at that time, including tremendous instability, such as constant news about Albertsons shutting down, the company's plans to remodel the store to become Haggen, food prices going up and customers leaving to go elsewhere to do their shopping.
My coworkers and I were laid off. I was without a job for a whole year. I am worried about this new merger being the same failure that Haggen was.
FTC Chair Lina Khan, please consider this and look out for the consumers and workers. If this merger is approved, it’s not just workers but the whole community that will be impacted. Please stop the Kroger/Albertsons merger. Thank you!
Grocery store workers, including seven from Southern Ca, voice their concerns about the proposed megamerger of Kroger and Albertsons at a listening session with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan and Colorado State Attorney Philip J. Weiser. This event is hosted by UFCW Local 7 based in Denver, Colorado.
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It has been exactly 20 years since the beginning of the 03/04 grocery strike.
Today, we honor the legacy of the grocery strike, and all essential workers who pulled our region through the Covid 19 pandemic.
In the aftermath of the strike, grocery store workers embarked on a journey to build our union into a formidable force. Through organizing, education, and solidarity, we are transforming our union into a tireless powerhouse for workers’ rights and fair labor practices.
As we commemorate the anniversary of the 2003-2004 grocery strike, the pandemic of 2020-2022 that took over a million lives nationwide, and so many other struggles whether personal or social, let us draw strength from the lessons learned during challenging times. Let it be a reminder that, when united and unwavering in our determination, we have the strength to create positive change for workers everywhere.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1286 (The Medication Error Reduction and Patient Safety Act) into law!
AB 1286 will begin to alleviate the chronic understaffing of pharmacies and pharmacist burnout that puts patients at risk of medication errors.
Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for signing SB 553 (Cortese) into law. SB 553 will require employers to implement basic protections to protect workers from violence while they’re on the job, which includ...
Congratulations to the 11,500 writers who went on strike for an incredible 146 days and won historic gains in their industry!
This extraordinary agreement includes:
Increased pay and benefits
Streaming bonuses and transparent access to streaming data
Guaranteed minimum staffing requirements for TV writers’ rooms
Language that covers the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in writing, ensuring writers' rights are protected
This achievement was made possible by the active involvement of WGA members, the dedicated bargaining committee, and the overwhelming support of their Union and community allies.
While it's important to note that this agreement is tentative until WGA members cast their votes, the influence wielded by writers during the strike is truly remarkable, and their unwavering resolve paved the way for this victory. By standing together and fighting, the writers showed all workers the way to win!
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“Longtime labor organizer Jane McAlevey has some advice for what workers should demand of employers and union leaders: Don’t sign gag orders and commit to transparency.
That’s what McAlevey, the author of several books on union organizing and negotiating contracts, recently told a room of union staff and members at the United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 770’s home base in downtown Los Angeles. She was discussing her new book, “Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations,” published in March, just in time for L.A.’s summer of strikes.”
Read full article here: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2023-09-04/how-workers-can-demand-more-from-their-bosses-union-leaders
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It's critical workers tell their legislators to support #SB616 to ensure workers have access to 5 paid sick days per year. 3 just isn't enough!
Send an email here: https://bit.ly/3PBbkTg
It's critical workers tell their legislators to support #SB553 to keep workers and the public safe on the job from #workplaceviolence. 6 years is too long for workers to be afraid that they will be assaulted or killed while at work.
Send an email here: https://bit.ly/48fhu2T
Our local unions have strongly opposed the proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons since day one. Our position has not changed because of the news this morning.