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NEWS
February 3, 2004
Our Newport-Mesa community has many markets affected directly or indirectly by the grocery strike. The letters to the editors sections have overflowed for weeks. This strike has generated a tempest in a corner coffee-pot. However, let's count the blessings: 1. An incentive to go to many different stores and try new products. 2. An opportunity to meet new people and friendly employees. 3. Shop calmly and quietly without being crowded or run over by carts.
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NEWS
January 5, 2004
Alicia Robinson Walking a picket line isn't how most local grocery workers envisioned starting the new year. After three months of carrying signs in front of their workplaces, the striking and locked-out workers are weary but keeping up hope for a favorable resolution to their contract dispute. United Food and Commercial Workers union members employed by Vons grocery stores called the strike in October after a contract disagreement with employers over health and pension benefits.
NEWS
November 26, 2003
Alicia Robinson The holidays may be difficult this year for everyone affected by the labor dispute between grocery clerks and three major grocery chains. The strike and lockout of United Food and Commercial Workers union members is now in its seventh week. On Monday when picket lines were extended to include distribution centers for Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons stores, Teamsters who drive the stores' trucks honored the strike and stopped deliveries.
NEWS
November 21, 2003
Don't judge striking grocery workers so hastily I am saddened and frustrated by the constant picket-bashing I see submitted by the readers. Saddened, because of the public's lack of compassion toward these workers. I hear of, and have been witness to, people going out of their way to show their disgust and disrespect for hard-working employees of multimillion-dollar corporations, who are trying to maintain their way of life and their financial security.
NEWS
November 17, 2003
Alicia Robinson The grocery workers strike and lockout, now in its sixth week, has been a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask. Some local shoppers said they've been victims of price gouging, while others said their shopping habits haven't changed at all since picket lines formed at stores in October. United Food and Commercial Workers union members last month rejected a new contract offer that would cut workers' health benefits. After they went on strike at Vons and Pavilions on Oct. 11, workers at Albertsons and Ralphs stores, which have been bargaining jointly, were locked out. "I'm just shopping here because I can't shop at my regular stores," said Shirley Davidson, of Corona del Mar, after shopping at the Stater Bros.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
JOSEPH N. BELL I went grocery shopping last Monday, but I never got in the store. Instead, I hung around outside shooting the breeze with the people who normally take care of me inside. Actually, my wife does most of our grocery shopping, but I go along or make extra trips often enough that I feel a small part of our supermarket family. And I saw a lot of family when I visited on Monday. Outside. Our supermarket home is Ralphs at the corner of 17th Street and Irvine Avenue.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Deepa Bharath Shane Solomon felt the searing rays of the sun pierce through his baseball cap on Wednesday afternoon. Many in Southern California felt that sweltering heat over the last few days. But Solomon and others like him who spent several hours a day picketing outside the supermarkets, felt its fury. Solomon was one of the striking supermarket employees who was holding a sign outside Ralphs on East 17th Street. The workers of three supermarket chains in Southern California have entered their 11th day of picketing, protesting a contract they say will cut their health benefits by half.
NEWS
October 13, 2003
Luis Pena The United Food and Commercial Workers union went on strike late Saturday after rejecting a contract present by Albertsons, Ralphs, and Vons supermarkets. Strikers at the Albertsons on Harbor Boulevard and Wilson Street were out with their picket signs as they told shoppers not to shop at the store and to go to Stater Bros. instead. Bryce Gutierrez, a meat manager and strike captain at Albertsons, said that they decided to go out on strike not because of the proposed $15 a week co-payment that has been reported in the media but because the supermarkets want them to pay 50% of hospital stays, 50% of doctor's visits and a 50% co-pay for prescriptions, and because the supermarkets want them to take a cut in vision and dental.
NEWS
May 5, 2003
Deirdre Newman A joint effort between city officials and local businesses that use shopping carts has borne fruit as the law will finally make it to the checkout line today. The City Council will consider a law that mainly calls for all stores using shopping carts to establish an effective containment system to keep the carts on their properties, with a $150 fine for each cart the city retrieves after the fifth one in any 12-month period. The council will also consider two alternatives to the proposal.
NEWS
February 13, 2003
Paul Clinton Healthier-foods grocery store Henry's Marketplace is readying its third Orange County store at the Costa Mesa Square shopping center, a spokeswoman said. The store is scheduled to open within a month. The Southern California grocer, which operates 19 other stores in the region, has also hired David San Miguel as its store director, the company said. "We're excited about opening a new store in Costa Mesa and adding David to the team," said John Baker, the vice president of Henry's.
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