Once upon a time, the United Food & Commercial Workers was the bully of the grocery industry. However, having had its clock cleaned so thoroughly in the famous grocery strike of 2003 and 2004, the union has become a shadow of its former self.
A case in point is the UFCW’s latest press release:
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 791 announced today that Shaw’s Supermarkets rejected the union’s contract offer and countered with a very regressive proposal that is significantly worse than their two previous packages. With no agreement reached, the strike at the Shaw’s Methuen Perishable Distribution Center is in its ninth week. Local 791 has filed an unfair labor practice against Shaw’s with the National Labor Relations Board stating the company is bargaining in “bad faith.”
Since the onset of the strike nearly two months ago, concerned citizens, political, religious, labor and community leaders from across New England have expressed their support for the striking Methuen workers, and have called on the company to bargain in good faith so their workers can go back to work. After the company’s regressive proposal yesterday, supporters of the Methuen workers are vowing to continue the fight until Shaw’s and its parent company — Supervalu – agree to a decent and fair proposal.
Problem is, the company has already exercised its legal right to permanently replace the UFCW strikers, leaving the union little choice but to issue press releases as it hopes for a National Labor Relations Board ruling in its favor.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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