Sunday, February 29, 2004

It's over: grocery workers ok new contract

Every morning on the way to school, we pass by the Pavilions and wave to the strikers walking next to the parking lot. We never crossed the picket line, only because we buy groceries from the local health food stores out of necessity. The kindergartener has terrible food allergies. The other reality is that patronizing the health food stores is not something to be proud of because I don't think those stores are unionized at all.

The grocery workers strike has been awful, to say the least. It wasn't just a strike; it was a lockout of workers at the other two chains, which indicates collusion if anything. The press release says 86% of the workers approved the contract. I think that reflects the depth of desperation of these guys. I can't find details about the contract although I'm sure it will be available soon.