Food and Commercial Workers has filed a suit under the RICO law accusing
Ralph’s supermarkets of coercing some union workers who are now on strike to
return to work using false names, The Pasadena Star News reported.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was
originally passed as a tool to fight organized crime. In recent years, it has
been used for other purposes, including labor actions and against anti-abortion
Los Angeles Business reported recently that the union had
evidence from as many as 50 workers who were told to return to work using their
children’s names or another false name along with a false Social Security
Ralph’s is owned by national grocer
Kroger Inc., which has recently been the target of other labor actions or
disputes across the country.
The California conflict, which
centers on health care benefits, started Oct. 21 and covers more than 800
Southern California stores operated by Vons, Ralph's, Pavilions and Albertsons.
Those stores make up roughly 60 percent of all groceries in the southern half
of the state.