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Grocery Workers May Strike – Updated

September 18 – It looks like the strike may be off for at least a few more hours. UFCW had earlier said they would strike Sunday evening if talks did not proceed. Shortly before the deadline of 7:10 pm, both sides advised the media that talks were continuing and that workers would not strike as long as both sides remain at the table. This is good news all around. Talks could continue through the night. We’ll keep you posted.

September 15 – We just got word the grocery workers may strike as early as Sunday. The grocery workers and stores were ordered to go back to the table three weeks ago for “intense” negotiations. Those talks have apparently broken down and, unless the two sides can come to agreement, a strike may arise as early as Sunday evening.

Last week I was going through the grocery line at the local Von’s. As the cashier was processing my order, I asked her how the talks were going. “Who knows”, she said. “They don’t tell us anything.” She said that she really hoped they would not strike because she couldn’t afford it. Too bad I didn’t have a bigger order that would have let me talk to her longer. I would have told her that her hardship would be felt by more than just the strikers. As I left, I noticed her nametag said “serving since 2001.”

Whether you agree with the strike, support the unions or believe the whole thing is a waste of time, one thing is certain- a strike will hurt everyone. Hopefully, both sides aren’t taking the day off from negotiations and the strike notice is merely cautionary. I like and shop at several non-union stores in our town. But, I like Albertson’s as well. I’ve read several comments on stories about the strike. Some say they will, some say they won’t cross the picket line. One thing is for sure. In this economy, the strikers will find a lot less support than last time.