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USA: Albertsons to launch RFID programme

8 Mar 2004

US supermarket operator Albertsons has announced that it is launching a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) programme and will be using the technology to improve efficiencies in consumer demand chain management.

USA: Southern California grocery workers ratify new contract

1 Mar 2004

US supermarket chain Ralphs, a division of Kroger, has announced that it has been notified by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union that a new labour contract covering 70,000 supermarket associates in Southern California has been ratified by union members, ending a 141-day work stoppage.

USA: Tentative settlement reached in grocery labour dispute

27 Feb 2004

A tentative settlement has been reached between representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and supermarket chains Albertsons, Kroger's Ralphs and Safeway's Vons regarding the ongoing Southern California grocery strike and lockouts.

USA: Albertsons announces operational changes

23 Feb 2004

US grocery retailer Albertsons has announced changes to its management and organisational structure, aimed at improving the company’s operations.

USA: Grocery strike talks resume

12 Feb 2004

Negotiations have resumed between a grocery workers union and three US supermarket retailers, aimed at ending a four-month-long labour dispute in Southern California.

Impact of BSE on the organic meat industry

11 Feb 2004

BSE was reported in the USA recently and the meat industry is gripped with fear on what costs the disease will impose on the multi-billion dollar industry. To what extent might organic farmers benefit from the scare, asks Amarjit Sahota.

USA: Union proposes binding arbitration as grocery strikes continue

5 Feb 2004

US grocery retailers Albertsons, Kroger and Safeway have requested a recommencement of talks with union leaders with the assistance of a federal mediator in a bid to end a near four month long labour dispute in southern California.

USA: Grocery workers union to target investors with Wall Street protest

4 Feb 2004

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents around 70,000 grocery workers involved in a labour dispute in southern California, has said it plans to stake a rally on Wall Street, targeting investors in three grocery retail companies.

USA: Grocery retailers face antitrust lawsuit over profit pact

2 Feb 2004

California's attorney general has said he will file a lawsuit against three US grocery retailers involved in a labour dispute in Southern California. The complaint claims that a plan by the three retailers, Albertsons, Kroger and Safeway, to share profits related to the labour dispute violates antitrust laws.

USA: Secret talks to resolve grocery strikes end without success - report

12 Jan 2004

Representatives from US grocery chains Kroger's Ralphs, Safeway's Vons and Albertsons, and from local unions representing striking grocery workers, have held four days of secret, informal talks that ended without finding a resolution to the ongoing grocery strikes in Southern California.

USA: Union sues Kroger's Ralphs over alleged re-hiring of workers

5 Jan 2004

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is suing supermarket chain Ralphs, alleging that the company has been hiring back selected striking workers using false names and Social Security numbers.

USA: Southern California grocery strike talks break down again

22 Dec 2003

Talks between supermarket chains and locked out and striking grocery workers broke down at the weekend after only one day of negotiations.

CANADA/USA: Union leaders call for Safeway boycott

17 Dec 2003

Union leaders have called for a boycott of Safeway stores throughout North America in support of 70,000 grocery workers involved in a labour dispute in Southern California with Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger.

USA: Southern California grocery strike talks to resume Friday

16 Dec 2003

Negotiations aimed at resolving the Southern California grocery strike and lock out are to resume on Friday 19 December.

USA: 7-Eleven posts rise in November sales

10 Dec 2003

US convenience store operator 7-Eleven has reported a 4.1% rise in same-store merchandise sales in the US, helped by new product introductions and the ongoing grocery strikes in southern California.

USA: Costco's earnings boosted by California grocery strikes

10 Dec 2003

US wholesaler Costco has reported a 10% rise in first-quarter profit, helped by the labour disputes in southern California, which led to increased numbers of shoppers at its warehouse clubs.

USA: Issues between union and supermarkets 'remain difficult', says mediator

9 Dec 2003

The director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Peter Hurtgen, who is mediating negotiations aimed at ending the Southern California grocery workers labour dispute, has said that the issues between representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers union and the supermarket chains "remain difficult".

USA: Supermarket labour dispute talks break down

8 Dec 2003

Talks between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents striking and locked-out grocery workers in Southern California, and three US supermarket chains have broken down again.

USA: Labour dispute hits Albertsons' Q3 earnings

5 Dec 2003

US grocery retailer Albertsons has reported lower quarterly earnings, hit by the ongoing labour dispute in Southern California. The company posted net earnings of US$92m, or 25 cents per share, for the third quarter to 30 October, compared to net earnings of $188m, or 47 cents per share, a year earlier.

USA: Attorney general to investigate grocery retailers' alleged pact

2 Dec 2003

California’s attorney general has launched an investigation into allegations of unfair competition practices by the three grocery chains at the centre of a labour dispute in Southern California.

USA: Grocery strike negotiations recess after 'useful' talks

25 Nov 2003

Peter Hurtgen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, has recessed negotiations in the Southern California grocery workers dispute after what he called two days of "useful" weekend talks.

USA: Safeway sued as grocery strikes continue

24 Nov 2003

US grocery retailer Safeway and its management and board have been sued by two pension funds, alleging insider misconduct, mismanagement and deceit. Meanwhile, as the strikes continue, three customers have filed a lawsuit alleging that Albertsons, Kroger’s Ralphs chain and Vons are engaging in unfair competition.

USA: Talks to resume in supermarket labour dispute

21 Nov 2003

Talks aimed at resolving the ongoing grocery workers strike and lockout in Southern California are to resume this weekend after both sides agreed to return to negotiations.

USA: Albertsons appoints new vice president, grocery merchandising

18 Nov 2003

US grocer Albertsons has announced the appointment of Duncan Mac Naughton as group vice president, grocery merchandising.

USA: Albertsons withdraws earnings guidance as strikes continue

14 Nov 2003

US grocery retailer Albertsons has said it has withdrawn its fiscal year 2003 earnings guidance due to the magnitude and uncertain duration of the current labour dispute in Southern California.

USA/VIETNAM: Albertsons to distribute Vietnamese imports

24 Oct 2003

Major US supermarket operator Albertsons has agreed to sell more than 80 food lines imported from Vietnam.

USA: Both sides stand firm in supermarket strike

21 Oct 2003

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), which represents around 70,000 southern California grocery workers, has vowed not to give in to employer demands over health care contributions.

USA: Union sues retailers over lockout

15 Oct 2003

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents the Southern California grocery workers who are currently on strike, has said it has filed a US$600m lawsuit against Albertsons and Kroger’s Ralphs. The lawsuit alleges that the two US grocery retail chains violated state law by locking out around 49,000 workers this week.

USA: Kroger workers strike in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia

14 Oct 2003

Grocery workers at Kroger's stores in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have gone on strike, forcing the US supermarket retailer to close its stores there.

USA: Southern California grocery workers go on strike

13 Oct 2003

The union representing around 70,000 grocery workers in Southern California has called a strike after workers voted to reject a contract offer. A four-year-old contract between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and three of California’s top supermarket chains, Albertsons, Kroger’s Ralphs and Safeway’s Vons, expired on 5 October, sparking a labour dispute based on health-care costs, reported Reuters.

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