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Subject Supermarket workers and unions “disappointed” after court allows $4B Albertsons payout
Date January 19, 2023 10:47 AM
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Supermarket workers and unions "disappointed" after court allows $4B Albertsons payout

AFSCME's Geraldine Boykin passes, local labor pioneer

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Supermarket workers and unions "disappointed" after court allows $4B Albertsons payout

A coalition of local unions representing 100,000 Kroger and Albertsons workers in twelve states and the District of Columbia [link removed] said they were "disappointed" after a Washington state court lifted a temporary restraining order, allowing supermarket chain Albertsons to issue an up to $4 billion payout to shareholders. "We are disappointed to see a ruling that favors a small number of ultra-wealthy shareholders over the many thousands of essential workers and millions of Americans who will be left to suffer the consequences of the outright financial looting of Albertsons," said the coalition, which locally includes UFCW Local 400. However, the delay allowed the United States Senate to scrutinize the dividend payment as well as the mega-merger, "and alerted the public to the disastrous consequences if the merger were to go through," said the coalition. "Our unions will not stop working to protect our members and our communities from the harmful impacts of this proposed mega-merger of Kroger and Albertsons. It is now even more important that the Federal Trade Commission take swift and decisive action to block the acquisition." photo: November 29, 2022 UFCW press conference opposing Alberton's merger.


AFSCME's Geraldine Boykin passes, local labor pioneer

Geraldine P. Boykin, considered "one of the most memorable characters and astute political strategists to ever work in the labor movement" passed away January 13th at age 87. Boykin spent more than two decades working for AFSCME, and was a trailblazer as one of the first Black women to lead a labor union in D.C. when she was AFSCME District Council 20's executive director in the 1980s. Often the only woman in the room when labor leaders met to discuss bargaining strategies and political endorsements, she negotiated contracts across the table from legendary DC Mayor Marion Barry and won respect in the DC labor community for being an unapologetic advocate for gender equality in pay and promotions. "Her humor and insight would cut through tense moments and foster unity," said Dwight Kirk, long-time media consultant to AFSCME District Council 20 and president of d'Flat communications. [link removed] Read more here.


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Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Strong Winds and Widow Makers. Last week's show: [link removed] The Cambridge Movement.

3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor strike the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as they are joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor - 1920

Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers, Asbury Park, NJ - 1986

The national board of entertainment union SAG-AFTRA votes overwhelmingly to have its Disciplinary Committee look into whether member

Donald J. Trump-- in the union because of his show "The Apprentice" -- violated the union's constitution when his incitement of insurrection at the nation's capitol Jan. 6, 2021 led to the threatening and endangerment of journalists, many of whom are the union's members. 2021

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