El Camino Safeway picketed

by Chris Gulker on April 1, 2010

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About a dozen members of Carpenters’ Local 152 picketed the Safeway store on El Camino at Middle today, carrying signs alleging “unfair labor practices.”

Northern California Carpenters Union spokesperson Paul Cohen says that the dispute arose when Safeway chose a contractor who paid sub-union-standard wages and benefits for remodel work at a Safeway in Contra Costa County. Cohen says that the dispute intensified after a Safeway employee slashed a banner carried by Union pickets at a Safeway in Santa Clara, in response to which the Union filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. A request for comment from Safeway was not returned.

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