The California grocery strike continues to create turmoil
in the southern half of the state, with 15 people being arrested at a labor
rally on the 100th day of the labor action, according to press
The rally, which drew more than
1,000 people, occurred in front of a Von’s outlet, The Associated Press reported. Those arrested had refused an order
The strike has dragged on despite
numerous attempts to end it.
The last was a round of secret
negotiations between union officials and representatives of Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs that
occurred earlier this month. Unlike previous gatherings, this one did not
include a federal mediator. However, like others, it ended with no settlement.
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.
Several other labor actions, some
targeting the same corporations as the California strike, were either averted,
or started and were settled since the California strike began.