Local labor and political leaders on Friday angrily criticized the decision to close two Safeway distribution centers in Upper Marlboro and Landover. Rallying outside the Upper Marlboro center, several hundred denounced the move by C&S Wholesale Grocers, which operates the Safeway-owned facilities. Congresswoman Donna Edwards called it “devastating, not just to the 900 workers and their families but the citizens and taxpayers of Prince George’s County” who granted the company tax breaks to build the centers. Teamsters Local 639 President Tommy Ratliff called the closure “a disgrace” after decades of dedicated work by the warehouse workers and drivers for more than fifty years. The political and labor leaders are calling for a moratorium on the closures and are demanding that C&S come to the table to discuss alternatives. Read more on the Teamsters website.
- report/photo by Chris Garlock