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"Don't Shop Safeway" Pictures

Images from the "Don't Shop Safeway" solidarity action.
The action was at the Lloyd Center Safeway at noon today.

High! 24.Jan.2004 18:07

gk

What a high! Inside Safeway we were not deterred! A large female manager kept coming in the mic person's face telling us we had to leave. Then a measly security guard came out, but by then we had the floor. So I kept positioning my body between them to protect and carry on the rally. That had to be the greatest action of late! We WILL return: Boycott Safeway!

High! 24.Jan.2004 18:07

gk

What a high! Inside Safeway we were not deterred! A large female manager kept coming in the mic person's face telling us we had to leave. Then a measly security guard came out, but by then we had the floor. So I kept positioning my body between them to protect and carry on the rally. That had to be the greatest action of late! We WILL return: Boycott Safeway!

High! 24.Jan.2004 18:13

gk

What a high! This had to have been the greatest action of late! About forty of us entered the store, while others walked to the streetside doorway. Inside, the mic person was excellent! She led chanting, songs, and an AFL-CIO Oregon prez spoke. A large female manager kept getting in the mic person's face, telling us we had to leave. I placed myself between them continually, so we could carry on. By the time a measly security gaurd came, he was lame. We had the floor! Boycott Safeway!

One Stop Living? 24.Jan.2004 21:32

Safeway Morphs Into Fat Cat Condos

Speaking of Safeway, does anybody have more information on the highrise condos going in at the SW Jefferson Safeway location across from the Portland Art Museum? I heard a few quotes about how these places were supposed to be "affordable" but even the apts. on the ground floor sounded too pricey for most people . . . I think the Penthouses were in the millions.

And it's not as though people downtown had a lot of options re. larger grocery stores. Safeway was pretty much IT in SW.

Someone interviewed the guy behind this project and he mispronounced "Oregon" twice. Please tell me he was only trying to be funny.

WHY are we encouraged to boycott Safeway? 25.Jan.2004 00:11

GPFX

Hey, if they are doing something wrong, cool. But you should not assume we all know what they did (like the boycott of Fred Meyers because they give cash to Bush/Cheney '04 Inc).

Since it is the closest store to my house, you have to give me a reason I should think about a boycott. This is the first I have heard of it, since I don't get online much and never use TV/Radio.

Why we don't shop Safeway 25.Jan.2004 07:46

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Why we support a Safeway Boycott 25.Jan.2004 17:57

Papa Hambone

Grocery workers including Safeway workers in California are on strike to maintain their access to affordable health care and to thwart a two tier wage structure. Safeway is targetted for a boycott because they are the most resistant to a reasonable settlement...other companies involved including Krogers are believed to be more inclined to settling the strike.

The grocers, with Safeway leading the way, want to do a variety of things that will make health care less affordable for their workers. It hardly seems justified when the profits of Safeway have risen much faster than their employee health care costs.

In general, corporations across the country are trying to reduce health care benefits for their workers, making health care increasingly unaffordable for individuals and families. This, by the way, is the major issue between Michael Powell (Powell's Books) and Powell's workers represented by ILWU Local 5 in their contract fight.

A two tier wage structure means new workers come in at a lower wage schedule than existing workers. New workers, if managment wins their demands, will be paid less than new workers today and will see lower wage increases as they accumulate time on the job.

Why should we care about this fight or the Powell's fight or any other? As wages and benefits erode for union workers, wages and benefits will erode for all workers. If you work for someone else, you will be affected by this corporate assault. We all suffer in the long run from this corporate assault.

By the way, this is a national boycott, not something a few folks in PDX cooked up...although I am all for local initiative and action.

Correction to above 25.Jan.2004 19:33

Papa Hambone

Actually, grocery workers from Von's and Pavilion's are on strike in Southern Cal. They are owned by Safeway. The other stores involved in the strike are Albertson's and Ralph's...one of these chains is owned by grocery giant Krogers

clarification 25.Jan.2004 21:56

in solidarity

Here are the corporate family ties and websites:

Safeway=Vons, Pavilions, Carrs, Dominick's, Randalls, Tom Thumb
 http://www.safeway.com/default.asp

The Safeway quarterly report is not linked, that I could find, but there are plenty of links to annual reports and other fiscal information, from the home page.

It was interesting to find a link to a separate website for the Safeway Foundation--a subsidiary charitable "entrprise". While reading through it, one is a little taken that, on the one hand, the corporation strives to subvert direct participation in and access to the fruits of one's labor, while at the same time subsidising a charitable institution. Is it because there is "value added" in PR associated with "community service", whereas devolving the utmost to the employees, well, is just lost?
 http://www.safewayfoundation.org/

Albertson's is an independent outfit based in Boise, ID. Here is their recent quarterly report:
 http://www.albertsons.com/abs_news/latest/default.asp?id=11580

Here is the Kroger family tree:
Kroger=Ralphs, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith's Food & Drug, Fry's, QFC, Kessel, Cala Foods/Bell Markets, Owen's, JayC, Hilander,Gerbes, Pay Less Super Markets, Baker's, Food4Less, Foods Co Drug and Food Warehouse, Fred Meyers.

The websites for Ralphs and Fred Meyers are from the same webdesigner
 http://www.fredmeyer.com/
 http://www.ralphs.com/

Each (Freddie's or Ralphs) will take you to the same quarterly report for the Kroger conglomerate--here is the quarterly report by way the Ralphs website:
 link to www.ralphs.com

owned by the Mornons who give large sums to the repuglicans 25.Jan.2004 23:26

Internet surfer

Safeway is holy owned by the Mornon Church, who in the 80's gave large sums of money to keep ronny boy in office. They held garden parties during this time at the white house. They also own Coke too.