07 Jan

Quebec grocery union, management work to untangle expected curfew complications

2021-01-07T18:38:28+00:00January 7th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

A union representing thousands of food-store employees was meeting with management Wednesday afternoon to figure out how those workers will be able to travel legally as Legault government announced a curfew as part of its lockdown strategy. The curfew begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. That would leave many employees in [...]

07 Jan

Teamster workers call for improved COVID-19 safety at two Albertsons distribution centers

2021-01-07T18:35:19+00:00January 7th, 2021|Tags: , , |

About 800 Teamsters members held protests this week at Albertsons Cos. distribution centers in Tolleson, Ariz., and Roanoke, Texas, claiming that COVID-19 safety measures at the facilities fall short. The drivers and warehouse workers at the two DCs — which serve more than 250 supermarkets in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, [...]

07 Jan

Grocers start administering COVID-19 vaccines to selected groups

2021-01-07T18:32:06+00:00January 7th, 2021|Tags: |

Grocery chains including Albertsons, H-E-B, Hy-Vee and Walmart have started administering COVID-19 vaccines to high-priority recipients as the food-retailing industry gears up for a large-scale rollout of inoculations against the disease during the coming months, according to announcements from the companies. The retailers are initially giving vaccines to people in [...]

06 Jan

Los Angeles County approves hero pay for grocery workers, relief for renters

2021-01-06T17:02:20+00:00January 6th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on several measures Tuesday to provide economic relief during the pandemic, including "hero pay" for grocery workers and expanded protections for renters. The hero pay measure would require big grocery chains and drug retailers to provide an extra $5 per hour to [...]

06 Jan

Controversy Over Nebraska Meat Packing Plant Covid Vaccinations

2021-01-06T16:59:33+00:00January 6th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The Governor's statement earlier this week that only people working legally in Nebraska meat packing plants will get Covid vaccinations is being questioned. The Governor’s office says meat processing companies work to verify the legal status of their workers. But, Eric Reeder, President of UFCW Local 293, tells 6 News, [...]

06 Jan

‘Lazy,’ ‘Money-Oriented,’ ‘Single Mother’: How Union-Busting Firms Compile Dossiers on Employees

2021-01-06T16:57:42+00:00January 6th, 2021|Tags: |

A leaked internal "polling" spreadsheet from one of the country's top union avoidance firms offers an inside look into a highly secretive industry that specializes in helping employers derail union drives using sophisticated, tested, and, at times, legally questionable methods. The spreadsheet was used by union avoidance firms that tried [...]

05 Jan

UFCW Calls on Albertsons to Halt Effort to Eliminate Jobs of Essential Grocery Workers Vital to Food Access for Millions Amid COVID Surge

2021-01-05T23:00:01+00:00January 5th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million frontline workers — including over 141,000 California workers — condemned a new report that Albertsons plans to fire grocery delivery drivers at its Vons and Pavilions stores in California. The news comes as California confronts rapidly spiraling COVID-19 outbreaks across the state with hospitals overwhelmed by [...]

04 Jan

The Trump administration approved faster line speeds at chicken plants. Those facilities are more likely to have covid-19 cases.

2021-01-04T23:28:18+00:00January 4th, 2021|Tags: , |

The Trump administration allowed 15 poultry plants to increase slaughter line speeds during the pandemic, an action that boosts production and makes it more difficult for workers to maintain space between one another. It also appears to have hastened the spread of the coronavirus. Now the outgoing administration is rushing [...]

04 Jan

Grocery trends: Fewer new products, but more changes in supermarkets and shopping

2021-01-04T23:05:11+00:00January 4th, 2021|Tags: |

My articles on food trends usually include exciting new products and some innovations in food manufacturing or packaging. But like everything else in 2020, this trend report is different because of the coronavirus pandemic. Companies are putting innovation on the back burner to focus on supply chain issues. Stocking shelves [...]

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