Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) joined over 50 members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) at Ralphs -- a local supermarket at 14440 Burbank Boulevard in Sherman Oaks -- to urge executives of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets to negotiate a fair contract with their employees.
"These people have been working without a contract for six months," Sherman said before the crowd. "It's time the supermarket chains shared some of their millions in profits with their workers."
"The hard-working employees at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons deserve a fair contract that provides affordable health care coverage and fair wages," Sherman continued. "No one can afford to repeat a months long strike, especially the dedicated employees at our local supermarkets and the customers that are supporting these workers and their families."
Following his remarks, Congressman Sherman delivered a letter to the Ralph's store manager on behalf of the demonstrating supermarket workers calling for improved healthcare benefits. Congressman Sherman also delivered letters to the executives of Kroger Co., Safeway Inc. and SUPERVALU Inc. to express his concerns over the negotiations and urging them to work towards a fair and equitable contract with their employees as soon as possible. If negotiations break down, Congressman Sherman has agreed to rally with workers outside local supermarkets until a contract is approved.