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· Grocery Workers Union Fights To Stop Elimination Of Delivery Jobs After Prop 22 Passage
· Albertsons Laying Off Unionized Delivery Drivers In Pivot To DoorDash
Grocery Workers Union Fights To Stop Elimination Of Delivery Jobs After Prop 22 Passage
CBS Los Angeles
January 5, 2021
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – America’s largest grocery union is calling for a stop to Albertson’s plans to eliminate their home delivery driver positions and instead use a third-party provider.
Local unions blame Albertson’s move on the passage of Proposition 22 in November. The measure exempts companies from having to provide benefits to independent contractors.
Labor leaders warn that more workers across industries could be impacted.
“This is really devastating to employees who as I say have been essential and who have taken a lot of risks during the pandemic in terms of making sure the community is receiving groceries,” said Andrea Zinder of UFCW Local 324. “They subcontracted with another company of independent contractors so they could basically escape their obligations.”
In Southern California, grocery delivery drivers of Vons and Pavilions will be affected because they’re not a part of a union.
We spoke to drivers who say they were called to get on a conference call early December and told their positions will be eliminated on February 27.
Albertsons tells us it was a strategic decision to make the company’s booming e-commerce business more efficient.
In a statement, the company also said:
Albertsons Laying Off Unionized Delivery Drivers In Pivot To DoorDash
January 6, 2021
Albertsons supermarket chain is reportedly laying off some of its unionized delivery drivers and instead teaming with DoorDash for deliveries, according to a report in SFGate on Wednesday (Jan. 6).
Albertsons is the second-largest supermarket chain after Krogers, with more than 2,700 stores and 18 different chains, including Safeway, Vons, Shaw's and others. The partnership with DoorDash will initially affect delivery service drivers at Safeway and Vons locations.
Albertsons spokesperson Wendy Gutshall told SFGate that the pivot to DoorDash was not one the company made lightly but was necessary to “allow us to compete in the growing home delivery market more effectively,” and that the new strategy resulted from “a great deal of consideration.”
The deal between DoorDash and Albertsons was initially reported by activist news site Knock.LA, following the passage of Prop 22 in California. Sources said DoorDash will start delivering for the chains everywhere across America and not just in the Golden State.
Several sources, including the California Labor Federation, nevertheless claim the alliance results directly from the passage of California's Proposition 22.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union — which represents 1.3 million frontline workers, including over 141,000 people in California — condemned the move by DoorDash and Albertsons...
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