The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) has reached an agreement with the Food 4 Less supermarket chain in Southern California. The deal increases wages for some while increasing the amount grocery workers are required to contribute to their own health care, effectively cutting wages.
Workers at Food 4 Less voted on January 10 to ratify the new contract. The chain, owned by parent company Kroger, has 11 stores in the San Diego area, with about 1,000 local workers.. Full details of the contract have not been made available, and the union did not release the vote tally. It is likely workers were asked by the union to vote on a contract without having complete information about it.
The new contract was ostensibly necessary to close the $3 hourly wage gap between Food 4 Less workers and those at Ralphs. However, the contract includes up to $15 a week worker contributions for health care. This increase mirrors that of the recent UCFW contract with Southern California supermarket chains Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons, which requires workers to pay $7 a week for individual insurance, and $15 a week for families. This amounts to a 5 percent pay reduction for a minimum wage worker. Previously, newer workers paid up to $15 a week for health insurance, while other workers had no paycheck deductions.Whatever happened to the days when unions fought?
Whatever happened to unions that represented the workers?
These days they're in bed with Big Business and in bed with the administration.
Barack was supposed to make it so easy for people to unionize. Just check a card! And it was promise from Barack.
Like most of Mr. Pretty Words' pretty words, he never followed through.
And yet union leaders continue to back the asshole. Proving that they're desperate to become useless. At that, they may succeed.
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