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Tuesday, October 17, 2006 

I'm Kissing Shopping at Ralphs' Goodbye

I didn't shop them during the strike. Somehow cutting people's hours and wages and slashing their benefits, while the executives' salaries and benefits escalated, just seemed wrong. And, what they apparently did during that strike to undermine their own workers, is, again, completely wrong.
Ralphs Grocery Co. will pay $70 million under a deal approved in federal court Monday to settle charges it illegally hired hundreds of workers under fake names during a 2003-2004 grocery strike and lockout.

In accepting the deal, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson harangued the supermarket chain for its actions.

"Ralphs subverted a process designed to ensure labor disputes are resolved fairly and equitably," Anderson said. "The plea agreement imposes meaningful financial punishment on Ralphs." - OC Register and LATimes

I will continue to frequent my local farmer's markets and Trader Joe's, but for those infrequent trips to a commerical grocery store, I'll gladly say hello to Gelson's again.

I think my produce guide could improve the quality of your ingredients. FruitSeasons.com

ouch! 70 million dollars!..That will certainly hurt there pockets..

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