Beginning & End of an Era: Andronico’s to Become Safeway Community Markets

  One era has ended and another has begun as Andronico’s Markets shifts ownership and transitions to the Safeway Community Market banner. Safeway has agreed to Maintain employment for all Local 5 members and not impose a probationary period among many other positive items in the buyout agreement. Safeway will also keep many of the niche items and departments Andronico’s […]

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Foodmaxx Bargaining Update

Local 5 recently received a Last, Best and Final offer from Food Maxx. The offer is little changed from the one overwhelmingly rejected by Food Maxx members last August.  Most importantly, Food Maxx is proposing that the employee health benefit plan be restructured to save the company money, but has provided few details of the new plan to the Union […]

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Safeway Retroactive Pay Update

Safeway Retroactive Pay Update January 18, 2017 UFCW Local 5 members have shown a great deal of patience waiting for Safeway to fulfill its contractually mandated payment of retroactive wages. The company has issued multiple explanations as to why they have not followed through on their obligation to their employees. None of these excuses can justify the amount of time […]

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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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