Grocery talks resume

By on July 22, 2014
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Negotiations between Food 4 Less and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union are scheduled to resume Wednesday.

The UFCW reached agreements with Vons, Ralphs, and Albertsons in May and Stater Bros. last month, but it failed to agree on a contract with Food 4 Less, according to a report in The Press Enterprise.

Members of the UFCW, which represents most of the worker at Food 4 Less, voted June 26 to authorize a strike, three weeks after its contract with the discount grocery store chain expired.

Authorizing a strike doesn’t necessarily mean a strike is imminent; unions sometimes take that action to try to get management back to the negotiating table.

The UFCW maintains that Food 4 Less, which is owned by Kroger in Cincinnati, is offering its workers less than they would earn at other supermarkets.

There are 20 Food 4 Locations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The chain employs about 6,000 workers throughout Southern California, according to the report.