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John Briley
Post Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:01 pm

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For those of us who have been following the resurrection of Haggen Grocery Stores into Southern California over the past several months, including all of the ass kissing taking place by "some" UFCW Leaders with this new employer, I'm beginning to wonder what exactly one UFCW Leader meant when referring to Haggens having "fresh ideas"?

Let's review an assortment of articles etc., re: Haggen.

For the record, let there be no mistake about the fact that with Haggens most recent assault on our members by reducing full timers to part time status, including massive layoffs throughout multiple union jurisdictions, Haggen has declared war against our UFCW Members!

The bigger question remains "if" the respective UFCW Local Unions who's members are being assaulted by Haggen are going to "kick Haggens ass", or, will our respective UFCW Leaders "assume the position" and roll over once again?

Let's begin with the most recent article wherein Haggens "appears" to have pissed off their most recent business partner.

Check this out.
Quote:
Albertsons sues Haggen over $36 million in grocery inventory

By SHAN LI / LA Times

July 20, 2015, 3:09pm

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-albertsons-lawsuit-20150720-story.html

Excerpt:

Supermarket giant Albertsons has filed a lawsuit against Haggen, accusing the grocer of fraud in failing to pay more than $36 million as part of the sale of 146 grocery stores.

Haggen, a Pacific Northwest chain, bought those stores from Albertsons and Safeway, which were forced by the Federal Trade Commission to sell them as part of a merger. Among the stores are 83 in California, mostly in the south.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in California, Albertsons says that Haggen refused to pay for $36 million of inventory at 32 stores it acquired. Nearly $5 million in inventory at an additional six stores will be past due Tuesday -- bringing the total to more than $41 million, the complaint said.
Speaking of "Fresh Ideas", check out this article written by UFCW Local 324's President / UFCW I.U. V.P. Greg Conger.

Quote:
Haggen's approach is more than simply refreshing. It is revolutionary. If it succeeds it stands a chance of spreading. It offers more than the prospect of favorable contracts in the future. It offers a legacy to those who make it work.


@ President Conger, how's that working for you now?

Let's not forget about,....
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UFCW Local 770:
http://www.ufcw770.org

Meeting with Michael J. Strumwasser
http://www.ufcw770.org/content/meeting-michael-j-strumwasser

July 14, 2014-

President Ricardo F. Icaza and Secretary-Treasurer John M. Grant discuss proposed acquisition of Vons/Safeway by Albertsons, with noted anti-trust attorney Michael J. Strumwasser.

Mr. Strumwasser was with the California Attorney General John Van de Kamp’s office in 1990 when American Stores bought out Alpha Beta. He was instrumental in getting an injunction against the merger. Mr. Icaza worked with Attorney General Van de Kamp to ensure that the seller had to require the purchaser to be signatory to a collective bargaining agreement.
Quote:
December 2014:

http://www.ufcw770.org/sites/default/files/images/Volume_67_Issue_4.pdf

UFCW Local 770's President Ricardo Icaza.

Excerpt:

Protecting worker rights:

Your union worked hard to protect members in the Albertsons/ Safeway merger, one of the largest in the U.S.

We quickly engaged the California Attorney General to help preserve union jobs, and we hired a top anti-trust attorney and our own economist to protect members’ and consumers’ interests during the merger of these two chains.

Because of our decisive action, all divested stores in California will go to the Haggen grocery chain!

Haggen will hire all the employees in the divested stores and respect our collective bargaining agreement.

This will protect our pension and health and welfare funds.
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http://www.ufcw770.org/content/albertsons-vons-merger

Albertsons / Vons Merger

January 2015

Several weeks ago Albertsons / Safeway announced the stores that would be divested as a result of their merger and also announced that Haggen, a grocer from the Pacific Northwest, would buy all of the divested stores in Southern California.

This is good news!

We have learned from our sister unions in the Pacific Northwest that Haggen has a history of good relationships with labor. It was the pressure we exerted with Attorney General Kamala Harris that resulted in having a union buyer, such as Haggen, acquire all the divested stores.

This outcome assures not only our members’ jobs but also the trust fund hours we need to pay for their health and pension benefits. We are so pleased that our hard work paid off and the unionized Southern California grocery market will remain strong.

We met with Haggen this week and we are very excited about their future in Southern California. Haggen has agreed to accept our current union contract.

Haggen will recognize everyone’s seniority and hire date and will maintain everyone’s wage rates, full or part time status, vacation accruals, Sunday rates, holiday pay and holiday entitlement.

Haggen will also maintain all seniority dates for claiming schedules and all other contractual provisions that touch upon seniority and will maintain all the same health and pension benefits. Employees who decide to stay with Haggen will not be required to serve a new or additional probationary period.

All employees in divested stores will be afforded their contractual right to choose to either stay in their current store and work for Haggen or use their seniority to bump into another Albertsons or Safeway store. We believe that most employees in divested stores will chose to stay with Haggen for a number of reasons.

Haggen knows that good, experienced employees are the key to its success and they are doing everything possible to assure a smooth transition and guarantee that all employees continue to enjoy the same wages and benefits as with their prior employer. Haggen is also making a huge investment to take over these stores and will do everything in their power to make these stores successful.

We are excited to welcome Haggen to Southern California. We are looking forward to working with them to assure their success and prosperity.
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March 2015:

http://www.ufcw770.org/sites/default/files/images/Voice-March-2015.pdf

Paul Edwards, UFCW Local 770's Field Director.

Excerpt:

Over the next several months, the Attorney General’s Office met with your union and closely monitored the merger transaction. When it was finally complete in January 2015, it was announced that Haggen would purchase all the divested stores in Southern California.

Haggen also agreed that it would operate 100% union and that they would assume the current collective bargaining agreement and abide by all its existing terms and conditions.

The end result is that all union jobs are now preserved and there will be no loss of hours or contributions to our member’s Trust Fund.

As the transition takes place, our members who work for Vons and Albertsons are being given the opportunity to stay in their existing, divested store, and become employed by Haggen.

In fact, 99% of our members have chosen to work for Haggen.

The first of 37 stores in UFCW Local 770’s jurisdiction converted to a Haggen store on March 24th in Palmdale, and the last store in San Pedro will transition in early May.

Haggen is the largest independent grocer in the Pacific Northwest. They operated eighteen stores in Oregon and Washington before expanding to the additional 146 stores purchased as part of the Vons/Albertsons merger through- out Northern and Southern California.
If you're interested, you can google "Haggens So. Ca", and read numerous articles about this Employer and their recent attack against our UFCW Members.
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Got to wonder with the number of UFCW Local Unions (UFCW Local 8, 99, 135, 324, 711, 770, 1167, 1428 and 1442) who are right in the middle of this, Haggen Grocery Stores nightmare, just how many of said Unions have filed grievances over the mass layoff's, including full-time status reduction in hours throughout their respective jurisdictions?
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Haggen cutbacks could impact nearly 1,000

Jul 16, 2015 / Elliot Zwiebach

SuperMarket News

http://supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/haggen-cutbacks-could-impact-nearly-1000

Excerpt(s):

The staff reductions at Haggen that were announced Wednesday could affect between 600 and 1,000 employees in the company's Pacific Southwest region, industry observers told SN.

They said the cutbacks involve six to 10 people per store at 100 stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, including seven or eight full-time employees per location who were reduced to part-time and cutbacks in the number of baggers from about 15 per store to five.

Virtually all Haggen employees were holdovers from the former owners.

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Officials of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union told SN they have filed a grievance with the company, alleging it violated the collective bargaining agreement by arbitrarily switching full-timers to part-time status beginning with last Monday’s schedule without allowing them to exercise their seniority to move to other locations.

“When Haggen moved into the area, we talked with the UFCW locals in the Pacific Northwest, who told us it was a decent company to deal with,” one UFCW official in Southern California told SN. “Now we’re not so sure.”



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John Briley
Post Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:10 pm

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@ our UFCW Leaders involved with the attack on our affected Membership's by HAGGENS!

Other than "pathetic & meaningless" comments posted in your Local Union websites, newsletters, including newspapers etc., re: this issue, ....

Please share / provide detailed information with your Haggens Members your specific plan(s) to deal with the "severe financial impact" Haggens most recent actions created with our Members & their families!

I was recently provided with the following GoFundMe request re: a Haggens Employee!

http://www.gofundme.com/5n4v4v7m2js
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John Briley
Post Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:19 am

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Looks like UFCW Local 324 President / UFCW I.U. V. P. Greg Conger had something more to say re: Haggens.
Quote:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-671826-time-store.html

Haggen grocery chain to cut hundreds of employees across region

July 15, 2015 Updated 8:56 p.m.

The Orange County Register

BY HANNAH MADANS

Excerpt:

Greg Conger, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324 in Buena Park that represents local workers at Haggen, said six to 10 courtesy clerks at 83 Haggen locations were being let go and a large number of full-time employees were being demoted to part-time.

Conger said the union is filing a grievance on behalf of the full-time staffers who were reduced to part time because “arbitrarily reducing someone from full time to part time without recognizing seniority is against the contract.” Individual grievances will be filed later, he added.

He said the layoffs were a result of Haggen’s poor pricing strategy when it first entered the market.

“Haggen has just not done what they need to do to retain the customers. They’ve lost customers galore. They needed to get their pricing structure into position immediately during the initial conversions. When people came to shop they realized that prices were high and left. They didn’t come back,” he said.
Previously Conger said:
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Haggen's approach is more than simply refreshing. It is revolutionary. If it succeeds it stands a chance of spreading. It offers more than the prospect of favorable contracts in the future. It offers a legacy to those who make it work.
Is it just me or did Conger just,......


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John Briley
Post Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:04 pm

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http://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/news/2015-07-24/Business/Haggens_costcutting_moves_frustrate_longtime_emplo.html

Haggen’s cost-cutting moves frustrate longtime employees

Store struggles to compete with local supermarkets

By Melissa Simon / Camarillo Acorn / 7/24/15

Excerpt:
One current Haggen employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of losing his job, told the Acorn he earns about $1,600 less a month since his full-time hours were cut to 24 hours per week.

“It’s ridiculous what’s happening because Haggen is getting rid of full-time employees, and the way they did it is completely unethical,” the man said. “They laid off 800 baggers companywide. The prices are extremely high, and they’re not . . . advertising to bring customers in.”

The employee, who was hired by Albertsons 41 years ago, said he’s not the only one in a tough spot.

“There’s a guy in the dairy department who has two girls at UCLA, and he’s going to have to mortgage his house,” he said. “I’ve been in the business a long time with no problems whatsoever, and then they come in and lay off all these local kids.”

In his store at least five employees have had their hours reduced, and workers no longer get extra pay for Sundays, he said.

“We can’t understand what’s going on,” the man said. “Are they intentionally keeping prices high to get rid of high-priced employees?”

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John Briley
Post Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:25 pm

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http://www.10news.com/news/haggen-to-lay-off-over-700-in-southern-california

Haggen to lay off over 700 in Southern California

Craig Herrera
6:42 AM, Jul 24, 2015
54 mins ago

Excerpt:
SAN DIEGO - Not even eight months after Haggen opened new stores across San Diego, the grocery chain issued a second round of layoffs.

10News learned Thursday that between 700 and 800 people will be let go in Southern California. Haggen has 25 stores around San Diego County. In December, Haggen agreed to purchase 146 Albertsons stores across Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.


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John Briley
Post Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:04 am

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Please share / provide detailed information with your Haggens Members your specific plan(s) to deal with the "severe financial impact" Haggens most recent actions created with our Members & their families!


Finally we have some movement from UFCW Local 770!

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Note: Attn. Haggis Members,.... please check out the link for additional important information provided by UFCW Local 770.

http://www.ufcw770.org/haggen-assistance

Assistance for Haggen Members

Information for Haggen Members

While we understand that Haggen is struggling in some locations, we are totally opposed to their decision to reduce most full-time food and general merchandise clerks. When Haggen management met with the Unions a few days prior to implementing the reductions, we advised them that their approach to reducing costs may violate our agreement, but Haggen implemented the reductions anyway.

We have filed a grievance on behalf of all reduced employees. We will keep you informed as the grievance moves forward. In the meantime, you may be eligible for partial unemployment if your hours have been reduced. You can file online at www.edd.ca.gov.

Unfortunately, several hundred Clerks Helpers were also laid off. While Clerks Helpers have no bumping rights, they must be laid off in accordance with seniority. If you feel that seniority was not followed, notify your Union Representative and
file a grievance immediately. Clerks Helpers should also be sure to file for unemployment benefits at www.edd.ca.gov.

When we met with Haggen management prior to the store conversions, they assured us that they were committed to making this takeover a success and that they would do everything possible to keep the customers. It is now apparent that they have not followed through on those commitments and, in fact, have done nothing to assure that customers’ first impressions would be positive. We know that many of you have offered positive suggestions that have been disregarded. Haggen’s failure to live up to their commitments is extremely disappointing.

We will continue to do everything we can to protect your rights and your job. Please keep your Union Representative informed if Haggen is not respecting your seniority in the way they are scheduling hours in your store so that we can document all contract violations and take appropriate action.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Union Representative.

Click here to download this letter
http://www.ufcw770.org/sites/default/files/images/Ltr%20to%20Haggen%20Members%20071415.pdf


Let's check out the other UFCW Local Union websites to determine which Local Unions, "if any", started providing important information to assist our affected Haggens Memberships in their time of need!

UFCW Local 8:
http://www.ufcw8.org/index.cfm

UFCW Local 99: (Arizona)
http://www.ufcw99.org

UFCW Local 135:
http://ufcw135.com

UFCW Local 324:
https://www.ufcw324.org

UFCW Local 711 (Nevada)
website N/A

UFCW Local 770:
http://www.ufcw770.org

UFCW Local 1167:
http://www.ufcw1167.org

UFCW Local 1428:
http://ufcw1428.org

UFCW Local 1442:
http://www.ufcw1442.org

Not a word from our UFCW I.U. President Marc Perrone re: what "if" anything our UFCW I.U. will do to provide immediate financial assistance, etc., to our affected Haggens Memberships!

UFCW I.U. Website:
http://www.ufcw.org

@ Marc President Perrone,.....



and you say what........??


@ All the other UFCW Local Union Leaders,...... let's get going and start posting information on your respective websites ASAP to assist your affected Haggens Memberships!

Thank You


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one of the others
Post Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:47 am

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If a grocery store has losses, chances are it has nothing to do with those union members manning the stores. In my opinion, the loses have to be assigned to the overpaid fucks 'backstage' (corporate)Too often, their bonehead ideas are a flop. Their grossly overstuffed self importance and their ability to suck each other off gets in the way of real progress, but the bottom rung always takes the hit. The working members aren't paid that much or else, now contractually, they are paid shit.(the employees want the stores to do well; it's their livelihood). as if that isn't bad enough, their union presents prostrate--spread eagle. Let's all make sure those at the top and their lackeys get paid (overpaid). And, make sure the investors are well taken care of--at the cost of the employee.
Did haggen intentionally deep six their stores? Pretty soon they'll have a grand reopening with a full contingent of part time, low wage earners.
I think the customers are pretty much treated with the same disrespect as the members.

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John Briley
Post Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:59 pm

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@ Our UFCW Union Leaders within the nine (9) Unions mentioned above who's Haggen Members are being financially impacted by the massive layoffs, including the reduction from full time to part time status by this Employer...

From where I'm sitting, it is quite obvious that all of you have,.....



....in place to coordinate an effort throughout all nine (9) Local Unions to deal with this serious problem that is financially impacting our Haggens members and their Families!


By way of a suggestion......

We / (UFCW Local Unions, including our UFCW I.U.) have the ability to immediately create a Haggens Hardship Fund for the purpose to provide financial assistance to our Haggen Members, including their families, who have been negatively impacted by this employer's recent assault on our Haggen Members!

Within each UFCW Local Union, including our UFCW I.U., their is more than enough FAT / $$$$$$$ that can be trimmed that could provide the start up monies needed for the suggested Haggen Hardship Fund!

By way of an example, of trimming the fat / $$$$$$$$$$$$, let's take a look at UFCW Local 770.

Quote:


Attention UFCW Local 770 Members.

You can review where & how your DUES MONEY is being spent by your Local Union Leadership at the following website link.

*********************************

Here is the link for the DOL Website to obtain LM2 Reports.

http://kcerds.dol-esa.gov/query/getOrgQry.do

UFCW Local 770's LM2 File Number is 517-385

UFCW I.U.'s LM2 File Number is 000-056.

Note: Since I do not know the specific policy as it pertains to each individual's expenses, allowances, etc., I will be using their “total amount” of monies listed on each of their LM2 Report's.

Please refer to each individual's respective yearly LM2 report for their “detailed amount” of allowances, disbursements, etc.

I apologize in advance for any inadvertent errors or omissions and the applicable LM2 Report for each individual shall govern.


How about providing UFCW Local 770 Members with a "detailed explanation" as to who (Local 770 Paid Staff or Local 770 Members) benefits from the following information recently found / buried in UFCW Local 770's 2014 LM2 Salary Report!

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SCHEDULE 20 - BENEFITS

FILE NUMBER: 517-385

(A) Description
(B) To Whom Paid
(C) Amount

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY $3,468

HEALTH PLAN CONTRIBUTION FOOD JOINT FUND $1,175,528

EXERCISE CLASSES YOGA INSTRUCTOR $9,500

FLUSHOT DRUG STORE $192

PENSION PLAN CONTRIBUTION FOOD JOINT FUND $339,005

401(K) CONTRIBUTION UFCW SAVINGS AND RETIREMENT PLAN $226,627

RETIREE HEALTH CARE PREMIUM UFCW INTERNATIONAL PLAN $196,832

DEATH BENEFIT MEMBERS $12,500

WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY $195,310

Total of all lines above (Total will be automatically entered in Item 55.) $2,158,962


Specifically,....

Quote:

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY = $3,468


Quote:

EXERCISE CLASSES YOGA INSTRUCTOR = $9,500


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FLUSHOT DRUG STORE = $192


Quote:

401(K) CONTRIBUTION UFCW SAVINGS AND RETIREMENT PLAN = $226,627


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RETIREE HEALTH CARE PREMIUM UFCW INTERNATIONAL PLAN = $196,832


BTW,.... another source of income to fund the "suggested" Haggen Hardship Fund, would come form the following UFCW Local Union Presidents / UFCW I.U. V.P.'s that should cash in their $20,000.00 yearly stipend they receive as a UFCW I.U. V.P.!

UFCW Local 8 President / UFCW I.U. V. P. - Jacques Loveall

UFCW Local 99 President / UFCW I.U. V.P. - James McLaughlin

UFCW Local 135 President / UFCW I.U. V.P. - Mickey Kasparian

UFCW Local 324 President / UFCW I.U. V.P. - Greg Conger

UFCW Local 770 President / UFCW I.U. V.P. - Ricardo Icaza

Speaking of UFCW Local 770 President / UFCW I.U. V.P. Ricardo Icaza, let's not forget about another immediate source of income for the suggested "Haggen Hardship Fund" from this Local Union official who's been paid very very well over the years by the Local 770 membership !


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...... Brings this La Times article dated February 16, 2004, more in perspective as it pertains to Ricardo Icaza, UFCW Local 770's President!

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http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/16/business/fi-icaza16

THE SUPERMARKET STRIKE

'There Are Nights When I Don't Go to Sleep'

The UFCW's Rick Icaza didn't expect such a painful dispute when he set out to broker a deal.

February 16, 2004 |James F. Peltz | Times Staff Writer

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Excerpt:

"At 70, a multimillionaire from decades of investing in Southern California real estate, he could've retired years ago in comfort".


In another post we will examine the obscene salaries "some" of the above mentioned Local Union Leaders receive from their respective Local Unions which could also assist in the funding of the "suggested" Haggen Hardship Fund!
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John Briley
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http://www.ufcw770.org/content/staff

Kathy Finn, Director of Collective Bargaining, Research & Education
(213) 201-7113

Ms. Finn has been with UFCW Local 770 since 1997. Ms. Finn began representing day laborers while still in law school and then, after graduating in 1990, worked for the union-side labor law firm that represents Local 770 as well as other UFCW Locals. Finn currently serves as a trustee on the Southern California UFCW Health & Welfare Fund and the Pension Fund. She also assists in negotiating many of Local 770's contracts and is passionate about ensuring that our members' health and pension benefits are protected.

Kathy Finn received a bachelors degree from UC Santa Barbara in 1986 and a law degree from UCLA in 1990.

Well it appears that UFCW Local 770 President Ricardo Icaza, Secretary Treasurer John Grant, including "The Heir Apparent" Paul Edwards, have all gone underground and are to fearful to talk to the Local Newspapers!

Once again Kathy Finn speaks for UFCW Local 770!

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http://www.sgvtribune.com/business/20150724/why-is-no-one-shopping-at-southern-californias-new-haggen-supermarkets

Why is no one shopping at Southern California’s new Haggen supermarkets?
By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
POSTED: 07/24/15, 1:07 PM PDT | UPDATED: 6 HRS AGO

Excerpt(s):
Kathy Finn, director of collective bargaining for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770, said the layoffs and reduced hours have affected many of the 2,000 Haggen employees scattered throughout Los Angeles, Kern, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, including about 800 workers represented by her union.

“It’s shocking ... I don’t understand it,” she said. “We met with them in advance before the stores opened and they said they were committed to making this a success. But it seems to me that you wouldn’t just try it for six months and then pull up the anchor.”

Finn suspects the cutbacks may not be over.

“We’re hearing that there will be some more changes but we’re not sure what will happen,” she said.

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Finn said the company has shown no deference to workers with seniority.

“We have already filed a grievance based on the fact that they are letting senior people go,” she said. “But it’s mainly the hours that are being cut. The people with the most seniority are supposed to get the most hours.”



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http://www.sbsun.com/business/20150714/southern-california-haggen-stores-lay-off-workers-cut-back-hours

Southern California Haggen stores lay off workers, cut back hours

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

POSTED: 07/14/15

Excerpt(s):

"Haggen, a supermarket chain based in the Pacific Northwest that made a huge expansion into the Southwest earlier this year, including the purchase of former Albertsons and Vons stores in Southern California, has laid off employees and is cutting back workers’ hours, according to union and company officials.

Throughout Southern California, hundreds of part-time employees had been let go, while many full-time staffers had their hours reduced to part-time work."

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"The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, which has about 30,000 members in Los Angeles, Kern, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, has about 2,000 Haggen employee members, with most being affected by the reduction, said Kathy Finn, director of collective bargaining for the union.

“A majority (of Haggen employees in the union) are impacted, and we’re very upset about what Haggen’s decided to do, and we don’t think they’re following through with their commitment,” Finn said. “They committed to make these stores successful, and sometimes it takes a little longer than the amount of time they put in, and they seem to be willing to pull the plug. ... We are looking into all of the layoffs and reductions, and we’ll be filing grievances in cases where the company has not respected the contract.”

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John Briley
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Based on the recent developments as reported in this thread, let there be no mistake about the fact that, .......




Came in thru the front door and successfully,....



Our UFCW I.U., including UFCW Local 99, UFCW Local 711 and the following Local Unions,......



With so much work "allegedly" going in on the front end of this deal,....

Quote:




UFCW Local 1442 President Michael Straeter writes,....
http://www.uncharted.ca/images/users/ssigurdur/201503_straeter_icazza_letter.pdf


Quote:


UFCW Local 770

March 2015

http://www.ufcw770.org/sites/default/files/images/Voice-March-2015.pdf

Excerpt:

Our master food agreement will expire on March 6, 2016. Since Safeway has been sold, Kroger and Albertsons are the only employers who are part of the multi-employer bargaining unit. We are not sure whether they will continue to bargain together or separately with the Southern California locals. We will start preparations in the immediate future..


How could the entire UFCW get duped so badly and so quickly, with this Employer?

Clearly in my view, Haggen has and end game in mind with their recent assault on our Hagen Members! My biggest concern is whether or not the UFCW is already "involved" in this Employer's plan?

We shall see?

Another concern / question for our UFCW Leaders?

With the recent lawsuit against Haggen and what appears to be a serious "cash flow" problem on Haggen's part, has any of our UFCW Leaders verified "if" Haggen is current and up to date with their financial obligation to our Trust Fund for H&W and Pension contributions on behalf of our affected Haggen Memberships?
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John Briley
Post Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:22 pm

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http://www.seattletimes.com/business/retail/haggens-expansion-in-southwest-fraught-with-legal-problems-layoffs/

Haggen’s expansion in Southwest fraught with legal problems, layoffs

Originally published July 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm Updated July 27, 2015 at 6:08 pm

By Ángel González

Seattle Times business reporter

Excerpt:
A local union of retail workers in Los Angeles and Central California, UFCW Local 770, said that “several hundred” clerk helpers (employees who bag groceries and deal with shopping carts) had been laid off.

Kathy Finn, the local’s director of collective bargaining, research and education, said in an interview that most staffers’ hours also had been cut, leading the union to file a grievance.

Finn said Haggen’s move was a major turnabout after the company had come in promising to take care of all staffers, asking them to stay and recognizing their existing benefits and seniority.

“It’s very shocking,” Finn said.

In a message posted on its website, the union pointed to poor performance when Haggen opened its doors. Some local media reported initial mixed reviews from customers miffed at relatively high prices.

“When we met with Haggen management prior to the store conversions, they assured us that they were committed to making this takeover a success and that they would do everything possible to keep customers,” the union said. “It is now apparent that they have not followed through on those commitments, and in fact, have done nothing to assure that customers’ first impressions would be positive.”



Well it appears that Kathy Finn, UFCW Local 770's Director of Collective Bargaining, continues to speak for and on behalf of "Team Icaza"?


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:36 pm

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...after the company had come in promising ...
I'm guessing because this is the first time an employer broke a promise ( Rolling Eyes ) ufcw didn't think to get anything in writing. Prime example of what can happen in a relationship without a pre-nup. Mr. Green

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:39 pm

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While our UFCW Haggen Members continue to pay their Union dues, our Haggen Members are systemically being laid off throughout the nine (9) Local Union jurisdictions, not to mention the fact that long time UFCW Members have lost their full time status thru the callous actions of their Employer!

With our UFCW Leaders being so easily duped by Haggen and grievances "allegedly" being filed by "some" Local Unions, as of today's date, there continues to be absolutely no coordinated plan by our Local Union Leaders, including our UFCW I.U. Leadership to counteract this recent assault by Haggen on our Members!

Based on what I've already read, all the UFCW can do is whine!
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Kathy Finn - UFCW Local 770:

“It’s shocking ... I don’t understand it,” she said. “We met with them in advance before the stores opened and they said they were committed to making this a success. But it seems to me that you wouldn’t just try it for six months and then pull up the anchor.”
One thing is for certain. We do know that "some" Local Union Leaders are "committed" on making sure to spend their Member's Dues Money on absolute Bull Shit expenditures!

Case in point, let's once again take a look at UFCW Local 770's ballzie move to use their Members dues money to pay for Yoga Classes for Local 770's staff and or whomever???

As previously reported,....
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UFCW Local 770's 2014 LM2 Report:

SCHEDULE 20 - BENEFITS

FILE NUMBER: 517-385

(A) Description
(B) To Whom Paid
(C) Amount

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY $3,468

HEALTH PLAN CONTRIBUTION FOOD JOINT FUND $1,175,528

EXERCISE CLASSES YOGA INSTRUCTOR $9,500

FLUSHOT DRUG STORE $192

PENSION PLAN CONTRIBUTION FOOD JOINT FUND $339,005

401(K) CONTRIBUTION UFCW SAVINGS AND RETIREMENT PLAN $226,627

RETIREE HEALTH CARE PREMIUM UFCW INTERNATIONAL PLAN $196,832

DEATH BENEFIT MEMBERS $12,500

WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY $195,310

Total of all lines above (Total will be automatically entered in Item 55.) $2,158,962
Quote:
Specifically, for 2014: UFCW Local 770

EXERCISE CLASSES YOGA INSTRUCTOR = $9,500
So I wanted to see "if" Local 770 just started Yoga Classes in 2014, or, did this also happen in 2013?

Guess what?
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UFCW Local 770's 2013 LM2 Report:

SCHEDULE 20 - BENEFITS

FILE NUMBER: 517-385

(A) Description
(B) To Whom Paid
(C) Amount

HEALTH PLAN CONTRIBUTION FOOD JOINT FUND $1,124,070

HEALTH PLAN CONTRIBUTION LAANE $1,009

HEALTH PLAN CONTRIBUTION SEIU HEALTH & WELFARE FUND $2,863

PENSION CONTRIBUTION FOOD JOINT FUND $309,920

401(K) CONTRIBUTION UFCW SAVINGS AND RETIREMENT PLAN $203,966

RETIREE HEALTH CARE UFCW INTERNATION PLAN $196,364

WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY $220,416

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE INSURANCE COMPANY $3,473

EXERCISE CLASSES YOGA INSTRUCTOR $8,210

DEATH BENEFIT MEMBERS $2,500

(Total of all lines above (Total will be automatically entered in Item 55.) $2,072,79
Form LM-2 (Revised 2010)
Quote:
Specifically, for 2013: UFCW Local 770

EXERCISE CLASSES YOGA INSTRUCTOR $8,210


I did a quick look thru Local 770's 2012 and 2011 LM2's reports and couldn't find any other Yoga class entries?

So now the question is, which UFCW Local 770 Leaders are attending Yoga Classes off the Members dime at UFCW Local 770's offices?



Here's my guesses?

Let's start with,.....



a.k.a.



followed by,.....



and we can not forget about,......



I'm sure that we will be able to identify others in the near future!

Stay tuned for personalized UFCW Local 770 Yoga Mats coming out soon!




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Post Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:41 pm

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So what you're saying JB is that UFCW 770 negotiating skills are more tuned to their self-interest and not those of the membership? I just made myself laugh.

I doubt there's anyone on the planet who isn't familiar with UFCW's decades long concessionary track record and the reasons for it (for those who aren't, a simple google search will catch you up). Up to and including every single UFCW employee and staff_er, who can read and whose job it is to negotiate for and protect member contracts.

Therein lies the sad; not only must they know what's going down and how, they say and do nothing to stop it. In fact the opposite appears to true.

Kathy Finn's public display of dishonesty regarding Haggen's - "...but, but, but they promised!" - is an affront to all that is union, and especially to the hard working People she is paid to represent.

What's that old Cleaver saying: " if you're not part of the solution then you are part of the problem". UFCW is certainly not any part of any solution.

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