'BIG-BOX' RETAILERS UNDER FIRE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF TWO WAL-MARTS FOUGHT BY GROCERY UNIONS.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
LANCASTER - Two proposed east-side shopping centers, both to be anchored by ``big-box'' stores, are drawing opposition from grocery store unions who believe such projects endanger jobs.
United Food and Commercial Workers The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is a labor union representing approximately 1.4 million workers in the United States and Canada in many industries, including agriculture, health care, meatpacking, poultry and food processing, manufacturing, textile and Local 770 and the Joint Labor Management Committee of the Retail Food Industry are voicing objections to proposed centers at Avenue S and 47th Street East in Palmdale and at Avenue J and 20th Street East in Lancaster.
The unions contend big-box retail stores, such as Costco and Wal-Mart, run local grocers out of business and reduce wages and benefits for workers.
``We intend to do everything legally possible to stop them,'' said Rod Diamond, executive assistant to the president and director of political affairs Political Affairs has several meanings:
Both shopping centers are expected to be anchored by ``super'' Wal-Mart stores, each housing its own grocery store. Wal-Mart is a nonunion nonunion /non·union/ (non-un´yun) failure of the ends of a fractured bone to unite.
The failure of a fractured bone to heal normally. store chain.
Palmdale officials confirmed Wal-Mart is looking at the proposed development at Avenue S; Lancaster officials said it is city policy not to discuss projects until deals are finalized.
``The city fathers are taking away good jobs with good benefits,'' Diamond said. ``We hope their constituents will convince their councils that low-paying jobs aren't what they want.''
Lancaster City Manager Jim Gilley countered that grocery stores have been able to compete with big-box stores in Lancaster and that to say another big-box store would shut businesses down is a disservice to grocery stores.
``Our attitude is every job is of value,'' Gilley said. ``There are people of every station in life who need jobs.''
Officials for both cities said their residents want to see the shopping centers developed. Residents on the east side of the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley have complained in the past that they have been overlooked in terms of economic development.
Lancaster City Council approved a conditional use permit at their Feb. 22 meeting for the 335,000-square-foot shopping center proposed for their community, rejecting claims there was not enough environmental study of the project.
An appeal said the environmental review of the project, particularly for traffic and noise, was inadequate and sought further study. The appeal was filed on behalf of three Lancaster residents - Delila Hargrave, Misty Bruner and Maria Pugh - by Civic Solutions Inc., a San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano (săn wän kăpĭsträ`nō), city (1990 pop. 26,183), Orange co., S Calif.; inc. 1961. San Juan Capistrano has some manufactures, including aircraft parts, medical apparatus, and boats, but the economy is consulting firm Noun 1. consulting firm - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
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The appeal was supported by UFCW Local 770.
In voting against the appeal, Lancaster officials noted the area has long been earmarked for commercial development in Lancaster's General Plan. They also noted the project will serve a part of the city where residents have complained of being overlooked in terms of economic development.
``It's within the General Plan, and it seems to be what the majority of east-side residents want,'' Mayor Frank Roberts Frank Roberts may refer to:
The Palmdale project, a 368,947-square-foot shopping center on 33 acres at Avenue S and 47th Street East, has not yet come before the City Council.
Officials for both UFCW Local 770 and the Joint Labor Management Committee of the Retail Food Industry met with Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford earlier this month to voice their concerns.
Ledford said he believes Palmdale's east-side residents want the shopping center to go forward.
The development company proposing the Lancaster shopping center, Wood Lancaster No. 3, is a partnership that includes Stan Rothbart, a Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. developer with a history of developing retail centers anchored by Wal-Mart stores. Rothbart developed the Palmdale Promenade and a Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. shopping center, each with a Wal-Mart store.
Rothbart is also part of the development company working on the Avenue S project in Palmdale.
Last year, grocers and labor unions were able to get a bill through the state Legislature A state legislature may refer to a legislative branch or body of a political subdivision in a federal system.
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