(April 5, 2023) — Grocery store workers from seven UFCW local unions – representing more than 100,000 Kroger and Albertsons workers in 11 states and the District of Columbia – are holding actions in front of stores now through April 13 to connect with customers about the impacts of the proposed megamerger.
Since the companies announced the proposed merger in October, workers, unions, consumer groups and others have raised the alarm about the negative impact on workers, shoppers, and suppliers such as farmers and ranchers. In mid-March a national coalition of more than 100 organizations was announced with a new website: NoGroceryMerger.com.
If the $24.6 billion megamerger is approved, it will drive out competition, increase food prices, create food deserts, and put up to 100,000 union jobs at risk. The growing opposition is asking the Federal Trade Commission to block the megamerger from moving forward and prevent its negative impact on both consumer and labor markets.
The local unions participating in the actions include UFCW 3000 (WA & northern ID) and UFCW 367, South Puget Sound of Washington state, plus UFCW 400 (MD, DC, VA, WV, OH, KY, TN), UFCW 7 (CO & WY), UFCW 770 (Southern CA), UFCW 5 (Northern CA), and UFCW 324 (Orange County CA/Southern Los Angeles County).
Actions are scheduled at the following dates, times, locations:
Wednesday, April 5 — PORT ORCHARD11 a.m., Safeway, 3355 Bethel RD SE
Wednesday, April 5 — BELLEVUENoon, QFC, 15600 NE 8th St Suite K-1
Thursday, April 6 — MARYSVILLE3 p.m., Fred Meyer, 9925 State St.
Thursday, April 6 — SPOKANE4 p.m., Albertsons, 6520 North Nevada St.
Thursday, April 6 — SEATTLENoon, QFC, 9999 Holman Rd NW
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