Thursday, January 14, 2010

UFCW 8-Golden State Begins Informational Picketing at Fresh & Easy in Fresno and Clovis

ROSEVILLE, Calif.--(January 14, 2010)--UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall announced that the Union established informational picket lines at Fresh & Easy stores in Fresno and Clovis today.

The Fresno stores are at 2820 Tulare St. and 8059 N. Cedar Ave. The Clovis store is at 790 Shaw Ave.

Loveall said the Union is asking the public not to shop at Fresh & Easy and to shop instead at stores such as Save Mart, Food Maxx, Foods Co, Vons, Ronnie’s Midway and Rite Aid.

“Tesco, which is Fresh & Easy’s parent company in the United Kingdom, is siphoning money out of our community,” Loveall said. “We are responding to that provocation.”

“California has enough challenges without a foreign company coming in with substandard jobs that threaten good local companies that bring value and good jobs to our community. It’s bad enough good American jobs are exported overseas at an alarming rate. Now this global giant from the UK is coming to our country thinking it can take advantage of American workers on our own turf,” Loveall said.

“We will not allow that to happen,” he said.

Loveall noted that Fresh & Easy’s incursion into the United States poses a threat to Union market share and to the living standards of Union members’ wages and benefits.

“Our members are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that workers at Fresh & Easy have the same access to the good pay, health care, pension and job security that are enjoyed by Union members,” Loveall said.

UFCW 8-Golden State represents 35,000 working men and women throughout the state of California.