Services set for Union Stalwart Linda Russell

Linda Russell, former President of Local 373 in Vallejo and a Director at Local 5, has passed away. Linda went to work for Safeway in the early 70’s and immediately joined Local 373. She was active in contract fights, took a leadership role in the union in 1995 and was elected President of Local 373 in 1998. The membership of […]

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Walgreens & Rite Aid Structure Spin off of Stores in Search of Government Approval for Merger

It was announced December 20 that Walgreens has put together a plan to shed 865 stores of a combined Walgreens-Rite Aid company to gain government approval for an overall merger of the two. The sticking point to gaining Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approval was the divestiture of enough stores so as to avoid a monopoly being created by the new Walgreens-Rite Aid entity. Fred’s […]

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Ghost Ship Fire hits Close to Home for Local 5

Among the victims of the horrific Ghost Ship fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale district was Local 5 member Johnny Igaz. Johnny worked as a record buyer at Green Apple Books on Clement Street in San Francisco, he was a DJ at the warehouse the night of the fire. He grew up in Alameda and was a resident of Oakland most recently. Local […]

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Safeway Retro Pay Update

Update on Safeway Retro Pay Issues October 3, 2016 Many Safeway employees are still  awaiting retroactive wages regarding the pay increases due upon the ratification of the contract in December, 2015. It is expected that this will be concluded shortly. The retroactive wage increases were originally due in February, 2016. Those wage increase involved experienced clerks and above, with an […]

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Safeway Opens Three Bay Area Stores in One Day

In a move not seen in memory, or possibly ever, Safeway has opened three store in the Bay Area on the same day. New stores have been opened in Oakland, Walnut Creek & Pacifica. It is a credit to Safeway’s strong market position made possible by its employees efforts and Local 5’s commitment to fighting non-union stores that created the […]

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