People are very excited about supporting the 70,000 workers on the picket line in California by expanding our Portland actions to SIX different Safeway stores this weekend. Apparently, lots of people want to watch football on Sunday, so we are cancelling the Sunday pickets. Please show up for one on Friday or Saturday. The list below has the different stores--please sign up for one or more of these shifts:
82nd and Burnside: Friday 4pm-6pm Saturday Noon-2pm Saturday 2pm-4pm
10th and Jefferson (SW): Friday 4pm-6pm Saturday Noon-2pm Saturday 2pm-4pm
122nd and Glisan (NE): Friday 4pm-6pm Saturday Noon-2pm Saturday 2pm-4pm
39th and Powell (SE): Friday 4pm-6pm** Saturday Noon-2pm Saturday 2pm-4pm
28th and Hawthorne (SE): Friday 4pm-6pm Saturday Noon-2pm Saturday 2pm-4pm
11th and Broadway (NE): Friday 4pm-6pm Saturday Noon-2pm** Saturday 2pm-4pm
**larger actions with rallies
We realize that this is large order to fill, but we think we can do it. Several unions have already "adopted" Safeway stores, and the UFCW International, the AFL-CIO State Federation, and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council are all working to make this happen. Together, we can help our sisters and brothers in southern California hold the line on health care!
Please join us, and sign up for a shift or two--or talk to your union or other organization about taking on a whole shift on your own. Signs, leaflets, and support will be available.
Here's some good information a friend put together to take action to support this camapaign:
1. Follow this link to sign the Safeway Boycott Pledge, if you haven't already done so. (An automatic e-mail will be sent to Safeway CEO Steve Burd.) http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/safeway
2. If you can't make it to one of the fun picketing actions, you can cut up your Safeway club card and send it to Burd, just in case he didn't get the message with your e-mail. His address is: PO Box 99, Pleasanton CA, 94566-0009.
3. You can donate to the STRIKE SUPPORT FUND for the grocery workers by following this link: https://secure.ga3.org/08/holdtheline/.
4. Encourage friends and family members, not just here in Portland but all over the country, to support the boycott, and whatever you do, DON'T SHOP AT SAFEWAY!