I have been following the Safeway story in the Food and Warehouse Forum but this is an article about how many teamster jobs have been lost because of similar situations all across the grocery store spectrum.

C&S planned to shift operations to non-union facilities in Pennsylvania, where any displaced Maryland union workers lucky enough to snag an opening would almost certainly be paid less — union warehouse jobs pay a base rate of $41,000 a year, plus overtime and benefits, which is about $10,000 more than the national median. Teamster truckers are paid a minimum of $57,000, about $15,000 higher than the median, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

C&S declined to say whether its pay is lower at non-union facilities, only that its compensation varies based on location and is often incentive-based. Still, the move to shutter warehouses in Maryland is another blow to a once-strong union sector that has bled members and forfeited benefits in recent years with the entry of non-union grocery competitors such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter and Wegman's.

The latest losses highlight the role privately held C&S — which bills itself as the biggest grocery distributor in the country, with $28 billion in revenue — has played in the shift. The company has expanded rapidly in recent years by assuming the warehousing and shipping operations of large grocery chains, and then working with the grocers to lower labor costs, even if it means moving operations elsewhere.
How the “Wal-Mart effect” squeezes workers in the vast infrastructure behind your groceries - The Washington Post