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UFCW 8-Golden State Begins Informational Picketing at Fresh & Easy Stores in Sacramento Area

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:03 PM


UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall announced that Union activists established informational picket lines at two newly-opened Fresh & Easy stores in Sacramento today.

The picket lines are in front of the Fresh & Easy stores at 4410 Mack Road and 2538 Watt Ave. Both stores opened on March 7.

Additional picket lines will be established at three other Fresh & Easy Outlets that are scheduled to open tomorrow, March 14. These stores are located at 8430 Elk Grove Florin Road in Elk Grove, 741 E. Joiner Parkway in Lincoln and 25000 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom. The Union continues its informational picket lines in front of Fresh & Easy stores in several other locations in Northern and Central California.

Loveall said the Union is asking the public not to shop at Fresh & Easy and to shop instead at stores such as Bel Air, Corti Bros., Food Maxx, Foods Co, Food Source, Raley's, Rite Aid, Safeway and Save Mart.

"Tesco, which is Fresh & Easy's parent company in the United Kingdom, is siphoning money out of our community," Loveall said. "We are responding to that provocation.

"California has enough challenges without a foreign company coming in with substandard jobs that threaten good, local companies that bring value and good jobs to our community.

"It's bad enough good American jobs are exported overseas at an alarming rate. Now this global giant from the UK is coming to our country thinking they can take advantage of American workers on our own turf," Loveall said.

"We will not allow that to happen," he said.

Loveall noted that Fresh & Easy's incursion into the United States poses a threat to Union market share and to the living standards of Union members' wages and benefits.

"Our members are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that workers at Fresh & Easy have the same access to the good pay, health care, pension and job security enjoyed by Union members," he said.

UFCW 8-Golden State represents working men and women throughout the state of California.

(Source: Business Wire )
(Source: Quotemedia)

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