Labor leaders representing more than a million workers in Los Angeles and Orange counties met in downtown L.A. earlier this week to discuss what measures they can take to support a possible strike by grocery workers at Food 4 Less.
The leaders were expected to formally endorse the goals of the nearly 6,500 Food 4 Less workers at more than 90 stores from Bakersfield to the Mexican border. Those goals include wage increases and benefit protections that would assure Food 4 Less workers’ overall compensation stays in line with new industry standards.
Kroger, which is the parent company of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, recently earned record profits. Food 4 Less has stood out as one of its most profitable chains, labor leaders say. But despite outperforming most of the other brands within the company, those leaders report Food 4 Less workers are paid less than their counterparts at Ralphs—an issue the UFCW bargainers are seeking to address during the negotiations.