SOURCE: United Food and Commercial Workers

March 26, 2007 14:37 ET

Statement From The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) on Southern California Strike Authorization Vote

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 26, 2007 -- In a demonstration of strength and solidarity, members of seven UFCW Southern California local unions voted Sunday night to authorize a potential strike against supermarket giant Albertsons.

"I want to provide a good life for my family, and I work hard for my employer," said UFCW member and Albertsons employee Sharlette Villacorta. "Now that the employers are making such huge profits, I think they need to show grocery workers and our families the respect we deserve."

For workers, the goal is a fair contract that includes quality, affordable health care and equal pay for equal work done by all Albertsons employees, including new hires and part-timers. Earlier this year, Southern California grocery workers settled contracts with regional chains Gelson's and Stater Bros. that provide a model. UFCW members are confident that profitable national retailer Supervalu, parent company of Albertsons, can and should do the same for their employees.

The UFCW represents 1.4 million members, with nearly one million in the grocery industry.

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