San Jose CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Lucky-Save Mart workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, are voting to authorize a strike the week of June 24.
Members working in stores from Ukiah to King City and east to Vacaville will be voting whether to strike or to accept the employer’s last, best and final offer. Local 5 leadership will recommend that members reject the employers offer and will encourage an overwhelming strike vote.
“Throughout this process the union has been willing to work with the company to stabilize its economic position in the market and preserve good middle class jobs for our members. The union’s proposals included short term costs savings that would have addressed the company’s market share issues. The company refused to agree to a common sense approach to address full time jobs, more hours for part timers and adequate funding for affordable health care for active members and retirees and the company’s economic problems. Consequently the union has called for a strike vote in order to get them to deal with these issues in a realistic manner,” said UFCW Local 5 President Ron Lind as he left a strategy session.
Talks to arrive at an agreement to replace the one that expired in October 2011 came to an abrupt end when Lucky-Save Mart pulled out of negotiations and refused to come to terms with solutions to the company’s obvious economic distress. Solutions to stabilize the company’s finances, preserve affordable medical for active and retired members and to save quality jobs were all issues the union had crafted language to address. Resolution of these issues are put at risk by the company’s erratic and illogical behavior and threaten the future viability of the grocery chain.
“Strike votes began in San Jose and throughout the union’s jurisdiction on Tuesday and will conclude Friday. Turnouts have been high and the mood is determined. Members are resolute in their effort to get an agreement that recognizes their contributions for keeping the company in business during these trying economic times,” concluded Lind.
Details on negotiations and a full schedule of strike vote meeting times are at http://www.ufcw5.org. Results of the vote will be made available after the last meeting on Friday.