Girl in foreground stretching, with teammates stretching behind her | Still from "Born to Run", SoCal Connected

Grocery Workers Strike!

UPDATE: Negotiations between major supermarkets and the grocery workers' unions have been on-going for eight months now. Once again, a strike may be imminent. - Originally published 6/14/11

The grocery workers' unions are poised to strike, threatening to cause a bottleneck at the checkout stand and maybe deplete your pantry — if you're one of those unwilling to cross the picket line. Late last week negotiators from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union reached a tentative agreement with major grocery store chains Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons on the pension portion of workers' contracts. But a dispute over health care contributions remains, and just today UFCW members marched up Hillhurst Avenue in protest.

Stop. Rewind. It's October 16, 2003. Members of both the UFCW and the Transport Workers Union have gone on strike, and with the same point of contention at issue today - health care. That strike cost the major grocery chains an estimated $2 billion, according to ABC7 News. Correspondent Toni Guinyard covered the local shutdown and its impact on the region then for Life & Times. Here is her report, and perhaps a glimpse of what's to come, as we turn back the news.

This is the first in an on-going series bringing you past reports on the issues of today. By drawing on KCET's extensive archive of Southern California news, culture and public affairs, we'll seek to inform current events by providing a little historical perspective, and maybe answer the question: Is there anything new under the SoCal sun?

 

 

 

 

 

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Born to Run

The Los Angeles Jets youth track and field club is one of the oldest and most established running teams in California. It was founded in South Los Angeles in 1973 by then West Vernon Elementary school teacher Ron Moore.  Five years later James Robertson and Booker Woods joined as coaches and the team became one of the largest co-ed running groups in the city.

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Under Pressure

Parents are willing to spend thousands to get the competitive edge in the college admissions process, but at what cost? Socal Connected takes a revealing look at the high stakes world of the for-profit education consultant business.

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Cannabis Country

State and local regulators are overwhelmed and outgunned when it comes to closing down California’s poisonous pot pipeline.

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Life In Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

As California deals with the fallout of a global waste crisis, plastic manufacturers continue to spread misleading information about recycling, while spending big on lobbying efforts to keep their products on the shelves.

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Who Killed Josiah?

A Humboldt town is polarized over allegations of racism and police incompetence surrounding the death of college student Josiah Lawson. 

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