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Re: Rockin' the Boat: Safeway Pickets Continue in Santa Cruz!

Thanks for the reports V-man.

Unfortunately we are dealing with three parent companies that are working together in various ways, including sharing profits, to defeat this strike. Instead of the call to boycott Safeway we need to raise the call: Boycott Vons/Safeway, Albertson's, and Ralph's/Krogers! This along side calls for more effective action than boycotts.

Recent other postings on Indymedia would have us think that the Safeway management are the good guys. The only difference between Walmart and Safeway as employers is that the workers at Safeway have won union contracts that have bettered their situations. Today Safeway management is on the attack to ruin the workers whose labor keeps them employed.

What we are dealing with is a company that needs to be shut down everywhere. Allowing Safeway to continue to make profits in other parts of the country, including here, is part of the failure of the strategy of the UFCW leadership. All union work for the company should cease to save the jobs and healthcare of the southern California workers, thereby securing a more stable future for the workers everywhere.

Another part of this failure of the UFCW leadership's strategy is boycotting only one store when three companies are working together to break this strike.

Rank and file workers should demand the union misleadership join them in shutting down Vons/Safeway, Albertson's, Ralph's/Krogers!
 


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