Long Beach, California 2021-04-08 18:22:06 –
On Thursday, the Food 4less aisle on South Street was lined with empty shelves as union members. again Protested the imminent closure of the store.
The North Long Beach grocery store is part of a series of closures announced by Kroger this year after several cities have passed the “Hero Pay” ordinance.
The Long Beach protest was part of a large-scale demonstration in Los Angeles and Seattle at the same time. The grocery giant has announced store closures in all three cities after an ordinance was passed requiring large grocery stores to temporarily raise employee wages.
“This is the closest store to my house and it’s a good store that isn’t too expensive,” said Judy Pig, a frequent shopper, who said closing was inconvenient for her and her family. “People have to go to other stores and they will be more crowded.”
Includes an oversized penny for union members, residents, community activists, and employees to get together outside the store to show how much it takes to pay a worker’s hero instead of millions of dollars for business executives , The chanting “I will not close anymore” filled the air. One protester said a dollar salary.
Meanwhile, one employee said that the store was no longer restocked when it was out of stock.
Food 4 Less and 3380N. East Long Beach Ralphs in Los Coyotes Diagonal will close on April 17th. Two Seattle Quality Food Center stores will close on April 24th, and three LA stores will close on May 15th.
“Kroger can’t keep stores closed to punish workers and communities,” said Andrea Ginder, president of UFCW Local 324. “It’s obscene for companies with billions of dollars in profits and share buybacks to devastate such communities.”
On September 11, Kroger authorities approved a $ 1 billion share buyback program after sales surged in the first half of 2020 and profits nearly doubled in the meantime. The company reported over $ 2.6 billion in profits in the last three quarters of 2020, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC-based think tank.
Kroger officials did not respond to requests for comment.
On Long Beach, the closure is set to Impact Almost 200 workers. Mr. Jindel reportedly said the union had all employees offered to move to another store, but many employees lived nearby and had vehicles that traveled far for work. He said the company needs to be aware of where employees live and the potential for traffic restrictions, as they may not have one.
Long Beach City Council Approves Temporary $ 4 wage bump Kroger on January 19th for grocery workers at a major chain store Announcement of closure Within 2 weeks. The Seattle City Council approved the $ 4 Ordinance on January 25, and the Los Angeles City Council finalized its own $ 5 hero reward in early March.
Los Angeles City Council members Marquise Harris Dawson and Paul Koretz introduced a motion on Wednesday to force the city to investigate why Kroger is closing three stores in the city. According to the company, each store scheduled to close was performing poorly, even before the protagonist was required to pay.
“The city council needs to seek information from grocery stores and their management to better understand their behavior and inform the city council on how to protect the city and its inhabitants from the consequences of these types of closures. “The motion states. It is especially important to focus on the area known as food desert.
No such investigation has been proposed in Long Beach, but District 9 Councilor Rex Richardson, home to the soon-to-be-closed Food 4 Less, said he was on the lookout for an LA investigation. He added that there are no plans to take similar action on Long Beach, focusing on increasing access to healthy foods in the community.
“Kroger has shown that their interests are in profits, not people, and I have a grocery store that helps people and invests and commits to becoming part of our economic ecosystem. I’m more interested in identifying. “
City News Service contributed to this report.