Workers from Lucky and Save Mart stores voted in record numbers to authorize a strike. Twenty-six meetings were held in four days from Ukiah to Salinas and east to Vacaville. Four hundred voted San Jose and five hundred cast ballots in Hayward alone. In the end, 94% voted in favor of authorizing the strike.
Mike Henneberry is Director of Communications at UFCW Local 5. He is based in San Jose.
We are Northern California grocery workers, 52, 000 strong. We live in Northern California’s big cities and rural towns. We are parents, PTA members, little league coaches and taxpayers. We provide fresh and wholesome food to you and your families every day. We are your neighbors, we are the community. We are proud members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), California’s largest private sector union. We are currently in contract negotiations with our employers — Raley’s, Safeway & Save Mart — for the renewal of an agreement to safeguard the income and healthcare we have worked hard to earn over many years.