Background info and Safeway Boycott signup info:
More than 70,000 brave workers in Southern California spent the holiday season on the picket line standing up to corporate greed. For more than 13 weeks these workers have been holding the line for affordable health care against the Safeway-led charge to destroy health benefits for workers and their families. They are on strike or have been locked out by their employers, including Safeway-owned Vons, Kroger-owned Ralphs, and Albertsons. These workers and their families urgently need support from people like you across the country.
Pledge Now Not to Shop Safeway-Owned Stores (list of stores below)
Even though operating profits for the grocery chains have risen over 10 times faster than their contributions to worker health care in Southern California, employers are demanding the workers accept what amounts to a 75% cut in health coverage for new workers and a 50% cut for current employees. Like employers across America, they are trying to boost their profits at the expense of workers and their families.
Some of the grocery workers have sacrificed their homes, others their cars. They're putting their livelihoods and their families on the line to protect not only their health care benefits, but the health care benefits of all workers.
If Safeway has its way, children will go without medical care, families will be forced into poverty, and people will be moved from work to welfare for their health care protection. The company is asking for such dramatic takeaways that if they win, workers will lose everywhere.
Burd has been the driving force behind the company's resistance to negotiate a fair contract. He has even characterized the employers' attempt to hold down labor costs--forcing a strike--as "an investment in our future." Meanwhile, Burd cashed out over $5 million in Safeway stock right before talks broke down and the stock lost value.
These workers are on strike for all workers—union and non-union—here and across the country because they know that if these three supersize, super-profitable, supermarket chains can cut benefits in California, then every worker is at risk.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
go to: http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/safeway
Pledge not shop at any Safeway-owned stores. From San Diego to Boston and from Seattle to Miami we're asking everybody to not shop at Safeway-owned stores, including Vons, Safeway, Pavilions, Carrs, Dominick's, Randalls, Tom Thumb or Genuardi's.