Shoppers Pledging Support for Giant & Safeway Workers

Thursday, March 29, 2012

(DC Labor)

Shoppers across the region yesterday pledged to support supermarket workers fighting for a fair contract at Safeway. Our family shops almost exclusively at Giant

and has since it opened, wrote Emily Citkowski, one of dozens to sign the Giant/Safeway Worker Support Pledge. We support the employees and will not cross a picket line. Pledge signers commit to visiting store managers at their local supermarket as the Saturday contract expiration deadline looms. I was shopping at about 7 pm Tuesday night and spoke to a few employees wearing union buttons to offer my support, reported AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman. While waiting at the pharmacy I checked Facebook on my Blackberry and noticed that I had a bargaining update from Occupy Giant and Safeway.  So I went back to some of the people I had already spoken with and some other employees and gave them the latest news from their bargaining team. I explained that they would have the support of their customers -- we see them every week and some of us are on a first-name basis. Those I spoke with were grateful for the information and support. Added SEIU 32BJs Rich Gibson, The only reason I shop at Giant and Shoppers is because they support good union jobs. Click here to sign the Pledge and follow @dclabor and @local400ACT on Twitter for the latest on support activities and news. - report/photo by Chris Garlock; photo: a community member from Faith Strategies talks to a customer about Local 400 members' fight for a fair contract on 3/22/2012


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