of three grocery strikes is over as 10,000 plus workers prepare
to return to their jobs in the St. Louis area.
two other grocery worker strikes, one in Southern California and
one in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, both continued into November.
targeted more than 90 stores operated under the Schnuck's, Dierberg's
and Shop & Save banners in St. Louis, local media outlets reported.
to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the strike started when more
than 10,000 grocery workers who are members of the United Food and
Commercial Workers Union Local 655 struck one of the stores, Shop
& Save. In response, that company and the other two chains locked
out union workers.
the strike, the stores are using a combination of management and
roughly 7,800 temporary replacement workers, The Post-Dispatch said. The St. Louis strikers were then joined by workers in
other unions, including auto workers, who were showing their support.
agreement was reached late last week as representatives from both
management and labor met with a federal mediator, The Kansas
City Star reported. Union members voted to approve the pact
by 4,174 to 945.
TV in St. Louis said that while many workers were happy that
the main issue of the strike – health insurance – was apparently
settled to their satisfaction, some were upset that more issues
were not resolved to their satisfaction. Grocery store officials
contacted by the station declined to comment.
Southern California, more than 800 stores operated by Vons, Ralph's,
Pavilions and Albertsons - roughly 60 percent of all groceries in
the southern half of the state – are still the target of a strike
by 70,000 workers. The strike, which centers on health benefits,
started Sunday, Oct. 12.
addition, roughly 3,000 workers in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky
are also still on strike since Oct. 13, picketing Kroger Co., the
parent of California strike target Ralph's, after rejecting a contract
insurance was the main issue in both those strikes as well.