Author: Shawn Ashe

KAISER NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

Update on National Negotiations Los Angeles, September 19 – National negotiations continued from Monday morning until Wednesday evening, when the parties agreed to call for a break in ongoing talks. We addressed many issues including unresolved issues from local bargaining, pay raises, educational benefits, dental coverage improvements, retiree medical coverage, and a process to get the Partnership back on track. Bargaining will continue shortly as the parties work to reach a final settlement before the expiration of our National Agreement on September 30. We will post updates as soon as they become...

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Working off the clock may cost you your job

As union Reps, we constantly lecture and warn our members’ not to work off the clock. The term “work off the clock” simply means that you are working for free. Working off the clock is not new to our industry. There were always those few members that thought they had to stay over, off the clock, and get more work done and look like a hero. Lately, we have seen an increased amount of discipline, in the form of suspensions and terminations, to our members for working off the clock. Members work off the clock for various reasons. Sometimes...

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Relief Periods (Breaks)

It is very important to follow the rules established by your employer when taking your breaks. Your contract spells out exactly the time that you are allowed to take, depending on the length of your shift, but there are certain established company policies that you should follow to keep out of potential trouble. Most all employers have a restriction of where breaks are to be taken and designated smoking areas outside the premises. They also have policies about leaving the premises while on a break. We have seen a number of disciplinary suspensions for taking excessive time while on...

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How seniority works

As most of you have heard by either watching the news or reading the local paper, a major food employer, Albertsons, is laying off workers again. This is the second layoff in just the past few months and one of several in the last few years. So, as you all can imagine, the question of how seniority works in case of a layoff, has been on the mind of our membership in all the companies that we represent in the food industry. Seniority is covered in article 4 of the Master Food agreement covering Albertsons, Ralph’s and Vons. It...

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Knowing your rights in case of a work related injury

Work place injuries in a Retail Food Industry are common and range from a small cut requiring a Band-Aid to something very serious requiring hospitalization and even surgery. Knowing what to do early in the process can save you some headaches or your job later down the road. Getting the care that you deserve early can make a difference in your recovery and sometimes in saving your job. When you are injured on the job, you are required to report the injury to management immediately. Management is required to fill out an accident report which may include the nature...

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