December 29, 2003
Ryan Carter Santa did not stop at the picket lines this year, but with a little help from colleagues and special friends, striking and locked-out supermarket workers are making the best of the holiday season. "It doesn't feel like Christmas this year," said Chris Imamura, a produce clerk at a Ralphs store on San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank. "It's just another day." Imamura and others picketing outside of the Albertsons on Glenoaks Boulevard each pitched in a few dollars for their Christmas Eve party, which included their picket signs, a few large pizzas and a salad.
September 8, 2005
Scorching heat did not stop them. Dwindling afternoon attendance did not discourage them. And the corporate stronghold that is Home Depot did not scare them. Members of the No Home Depot Campaign protested all day Wednesday on Foothill Boulevard, at the site of a vacant, old Kmart building, which could become the site of a new Home Depot store. They cited increased traffic and the potential for a Home Depot's harmful effects on the Crescenta Valley's hardware stores as some of their main concerns.
February 6, 2004
Ryan Carter Picketing Vons employees stood in front of the supermarket at the corner of Los Feliz Road and Central Avenue on Thursday, minus the once-boisterous calls to not shop at the store. But when a group of several members of the California School Employees Assn. showed up, smiles appeared on the serious faces. The 20 members of the local chapter of the school employees' group were there to join the picketers. The employees have been picketing outside Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs grocery stores since Oct. 11. The supermarket operators and the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents the 70,000 striking and locked-out employees, have been at odds over a contract proposal to reduce workers' medical benefits and lower salaries for new hires.
October 15, 2003
Robert Chacon Glendale Police had arrested two striking members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union by Tuesday, and responded to more than 25 calls from shoppers claiming they were harassed by picketers. The phone calls began Sunday, police spokeswoman Officer Leticia Chang said. Police arrested Manuel Piggue, 43, of Los Angeles on suspicion of vandalizing an Albertsons delivery truck Sunday. The alleged incident occurred at the store at 1855 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
October 17, 2003
Police continue to work with United Food and Commercial Workers of America to try to curb the number of calls for service at local supermarkets where strikers are picketing. Since a strike was announced late Saturday over a dispute regarding medical benefits, workers with Pavilions, Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs have kept a constant presence in supermarket driveways and entrances. Interactions with supermarket officials and customers crossing picket lines have resulted in police calls alleging harassment, vandalism and blocking delivery trucks, which causes traffic congestion.
March 19, 2007
Green articles of clothing could be spotted all over as The Irish Center of Southern California celebrated St. Patrick's Day Saturday with an evening of wining, dining and dance. Everything seemed to be in order for the group's 13th annual Dinner Dance, except for the location, which had been moved from the Hilton Glendale to the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club to avoid the threat of picketers at the event. "We came to realize there will be picketers and demonstrators," said Mary Flynn, vice-president of the center.
November 24, 2003
Robert Chacon Dozens of striking and locked-out supermarket workers attended a rally Sunday at Vons on Foothill Boulevard, where state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale) and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) delivered words of encouragement and support. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 is in its seventh week of a strike against the three major supermarket chains, which are asking for workers to take cuts in health benefits and salaries. Talks between the union and the supermarket chains resumed over the weekend.
September 23, 2005
When guests complained about problems with heat lamps at the Skyline Lounge at the Glendale Hilton, bartender Angela Reid went to her manager to tell him about the situation. Instead of finding a solution to the problem, the manager told her, "You don't want to be labeled as a complainer,'" Reid said. It was a frustrating moment for Reid, who was upset that management was not receptive to her concern. That is the type of environment that Reid and hundreds of workers and supporters protested Thursday by picketing and marching around the Glendale Hilton.
June 5, 2008
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — Workers at the Hilton Glendale on Wednesday signed a groundbreaking, five-year union contract with hotel managers two years after calling for a community boycott to bring attention to their cause. The contract includes provisions for safety conditions, wage increases, job security, pension plans and healthcare for employee family members, said Paulina Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Unite Here, the union that brokered the agreement. “It’s a first-time contract, and for being that, it’s really, really good,” she said.
October 22, 2003
DAVID SILVA I confess to feeling conflicted over the ongoing supermarket strike. On the one hand, I want to be supportive of the grocery clerks, for whom I feel the same deep affection I feel for anyone who feeds me on a regular basis. On the other hand, I'm really missing my fresh produce. When the strike hit, I knew it would mean some inconvenience on my part, but I vowed to tough it out. The first couple of days found me leaning on my horn in support whenever I drove past the picketers.