MLBPA & Magowan
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| By chris_d on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 04:13 pm:|
Players call on Magowan to help settle grocery chain dispute
The MLBPA's executive board has called on San Francisco Giants managing general partner Peter Magowan, who is also a member of the Safeway board of directors, to intervene in labor talks involving thousands of California supermarket workers who are being asked to sustain substantial cutbacks in healthcare and other benefits.
The 852 supermarkets in southern and central California want $1 billion in health care benefit cuts from the more than 70,000 unionized workers, according to reports. The chains - Albertsons Inc., Kroger Co.'s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions - say they need the concessions to be competitive with large discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., an antiunion employer which plans to enter the California grocery market next year.
"Asking fans to go with less healthcare than they previously enjoyed, because another employer has managed to deny its own employees a living wage and benefit level, is, simply, not right and an endeavor with which no trustee of the nation's pastime should be associated," a statement from the board said.
"We therefore call upon Mr. Magowan, who has always been a reasoned voice in labor-management relation in baseball, to acknowledge the impropriety of the cutbacks currently being sought, and to intervene in a manner which gives expression to the substantial debt that Major League Baseball owes these workers and their families for their long and constant support of the sport."
The board drafted the statement at its annual meeting, which was held in California earlier this month.
| By eyleenn on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 05:40 pm:|
It will be interesting to see if Magowan acts on this request.
| By tekgraf on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 08:20 pm:|
Do not shop at Walmart!!!
| By jayho on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 09:35 pm:|
reasoned voice in labor management relationship?
WTF? Anyone heard of the Safeway LBO?
Safeway's old corporate was "Safeway offers security." It was changed to some typical corporate BS (maximum profit for investment or other BS) after Magowen and Co.'s successful takeover.