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    Default Teamsters Joint Council 42 discuss grocery contract

    This news is for the southern California area Teamsters and other areas served by this council.

    Essential Food Warehouse Workers and Truck Drivers Need Affordable Health Care to Keep the Food Supply Chain Moving
    In the midst of a pandemic that has affected hundreds of their co-workers, food supply-chain workers, along with elected leaders and community supporters turned out for a socially-distanced shopping bag/leaflet distribution and demonstration at a Southland grocery store to draw attention to the 4,000-plus Teamster warehouse workers and truck drivers that deliver food and supplies to Southern California grocery stores who are facing the possibility of a work shutdown.
    Working under a tenuous contract extension, workers and their employers – Albertsons (includes Vons and Pavilions) and Kroger (includes Ralphs and Food4Less) – have been in contract negotiations since early August and are deadlocked over a main issue: the grocers' effort to take away affordable health care from workers' families.
    Despite record profits and huge executive compensation, area grocery chains are demanding that hardworking Teamster families bear the brunt of the increased cost of health care, an expense no family can afford in these tough times. The workers' request is simple: that the grocers continue to provide affordable family health care, which the employers can clearly afford.
    A strike would cause a major disruption in the food supply chain from San Diego to Santa Barbara and impact millions of Southern Californians customers just before the holidays when so many people are preparing food at home. The workers are asking the public to put pressure on the grocery employers to do the right thing and maintain their current health care costs. For more information, go to www.Healthyworkers-safefood.com to learn more or sign the petition.
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301138354.html

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    Default Re: Teamsters Joint Council 42 discuss grocery contract

    This is a follow up story to the workers action in southern California.

    TEAMSTER GROCERY WORKERS HOLD ACTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    In the midst of a pandemic that has affected hundreds of their co-workers, food supply-chain workers, along with elected leaders and community supporters turned out for a socially-distanced shopping bag/leaflet distribution and demonstration at a Southland grocery store to draw attention to the 4,000-plus Teamster warehouse workers and truck drivers that deliver food and supplies to Southern California grocery stores who are facing the possibility of a work shutdown.
    “Since the pandemic began, these workers have worked tirelessly including 14- hour days to keep the food supply chain moving- keeping stores supplied with groceries and supplies for families across our communities. It is pure greed, for these employers to try an pass the entire increased cost of health care on workers whose families depend on it,” said Lou Villalvazo, Teamsters Local 630/Chief Negotiator.
    https://teamster.org/2020/09/teamste...rn-california/

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    Default Teamsters Reach Deal With Albertsons and Kroger

    After virtual negotiations, Albertsons Cos. and The Kroger Co. came to a tentative agreement early in the morning of Oct. 10 with Teamster unions representing more than 4,000 Southern California warehouse workers and truck drivers, avoiding a threatened strike. Albertsons operates Pavilions and Vons stores in the region, while Kroger has Ralphs and Food 4 Less locations there. A key issue during negotiations was health care.

    According to The Orange County Register, the grocery companies had proposed an additional monthly fee for health care coverage.

    “Going into bargaining, our No. 1 concern was protecting your family’s – and retirees’ – affordable health care,” wrote Lou Villalvazo, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 630, and chair of the Teamsters Joint Council 42 Food & Grocery Negotiating Committee, in a letter to members. “Not only did we achieve that; your bargaining committee secured additional funding from the grocers to increase our reserve levels to protect your health care in the future.”

    The unions said that they would recommend their members to ratify the contract in the next few weeks.
    https://progressivegrocer.com/teamst...ons-and-kroger

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