UFCW seeks support of other unions — and shoppers — in contract battle

The union representing some 60,000 grocery workers in Southern California is escalating the pressure on the region’s big supermarket chains, as shoppers wait to see if picketers will gather at their favorite stores. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike last week, giving [...]

2019-07-03T14:48:27+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Tags: , |

Meet America’s Most Powerful Cannabis Union

No one knows more about the complicated alliance between unions and the cannabis industry than Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oakland’s Oaksterdam University, a marijuana trade school. She calls herself “Patient Zero.” In 2010, major unions were just starting to throw their weight behind weed in California as part of [...]

2019-06-21T18:09:23+00:00June 21st, 2019|Tags: , |

Union says first contract offer from big three grocers ‘unacceptable’

The union that represents workers at Southern California’s three major supermarket chains on Friday strongly criticized the grocers’ first comprehensive contract offer, calling it “unacceptable” and making its first veiled threat of a possible work stoppage. Representatives of Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons have been in talks with the United Food and Commercial [...]

2019-05-28T15:29:43+00:00May 28th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Stop & Shop workers vote to approve contract

Stop & Shop workers have approved a new contract, following an 11-day strike last month that crippled New Englandʼs largest and only fully unionized supermarket chain. Five United Food & Commercial Workers locals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut representing 31,000 workers voted on the proposal over the course of [...]

2019-05-02T11:39:34+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Tags: , |

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 [...]

2019-04-08T15:34:39+00:00April 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Cannabis call centre workers vote to unionize

Ontario Cannabis Store call centre workers have voted unanimously to unionize in a drive that put fair hours, scheduling and job security at centre stage, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Around 20 Toronto-based employees of Line One Contact Centres, which provides call centre services to the [...]

2019-03-13T15:39:28+00:00March 13th, 2019|Tags: , |