“Here are a couple of reasons to support grocery workers if they are forced to strike or are locked out of their jobs:
“Grocery workers haven’t had a raise since 2002, yet Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons made over $8 billion in profits last year while their three CEOs raked in over $27 million.
“Since 2004, the markets have stopped providing health insurance for more than half of their grocery workers. That’s more than 40,000 workers and 20,000 of their children who have no access to health care coverage.
“The employers claim they can’t afford to offer a fair contract, but Stater Bros. and Gelson’s Markets — two regional employers that are dwarfed in size by the national chains — agreed to a fair contract with their workers before their contracts expired.
“This is a problem facing millions of American workers who are trying to make ends meet while corporations are making billions of dollars in profits. It’s time to send a message to corporations like Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons that their workers deserve a fair wage and decent health care benefits.”
Would you cross the line?, The Liberal OC, June 27, 2007
I didn’t cross their picket line last time and I won’t cross it this time. And when it was over, I shopped in Union stores again and I will this time, too. The grocery workers are fighting the war on the working class for all of us.