Despite progress this week in negotiations for a new contract for workers at Safeway, a strike vote is still on track for Thursday, March 5. Pension remains an outstanding issue; “We will not allow Safeway to break its promise and eliminate the pension benefits that we have worked hard to earn,” reported UFCW 400 Communications Director Jonathan Williams after Friday’s bargaining session.
“We are continuing to prepare our members to go on strike if we don’t have a fair contract by March 5th,” Williams said. If they vote to strike, pickets will begin at 6:00 AM Friday March 6. Negotiations resume with the company again on Monday.
Meanwhile, Local 400 is seeking solidarity from local unions and the general public to support the strike; email [email protected] if you and/or your organization can commit to join the picket line – please specify which Safeway location -- at least once a day from March 6-9. Click here to sign up for text alerts.
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