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LUCKY STORES WORKERS RALLY TO KICK OFF STATEWIDE BOYCOTT OF CHAIN; TEAMSTERS, SUPPORTERS TO GATHER AT SAN PABLO LUCKY STORE

 LUCKY STORES WORKERS RALLY TO KICK OFF STATEWIDE BOYCOTT OF CHAIN;
 TEAMSTERS, SUPPORTERS TO GATHER AT SAN PABLO LUCKY STORE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m. Lucky Store at 300 San Pablo Town Center, San Pablo.
 Union warehouse workers and their supporters will gather at a Lucky supermarket in San Pablo Thursday evening to kick off a statewide boycott of the supermarket chain in a public campaign to counter its demands for continuing wage and benefit take-aways. Approximately 1,300 Teamsters at three northern California distribution centers, who have been working without a contract since May 1, have not had a raise in five years and only one raise in eight years.
 Barring an unexpected turn-around, the boycott will begin Saturday, Aug. 15, with leafletting at 50 northern California Lucky supermarkets.
 Talks to reach a new accord have stalled as Lucky has refused to budge from a series of sub-standard contract offers that slash holidays, vacations, sick leave and night-shift premiums and virtually freeze union members' wages while forcing them to shoulder a larger share of medical benefits.
 "We are outraged that Lucky would pull a stunt like this," said Chuck Mack, president of Teamsters Joint Council 7, an umbrella organization that represents 65,000 members of 28 northern California Teamster locals. "The hard work and productivity of our members has allowed this supermarket chain to earn record profits, and as a reward, Lucky now wants to further reduce their standard of living."
 Mack said the actions of Lucky and Safeway, which tried unsuccessfully to fire 800 East Bay Teamsters earlier this year, are typical of the "greed squeeze" going on in the nation's chain store industry.
 "We are sick and tired of seeing these companies try to squeeze concession after concession out of their workers by crying poor when everyone knows they're making money hand over fist," said Mack. "We've had enough. Lucky wants a fight, and we're prepared to give them one they'll never forget."
 NOTE: Take San Pablo Dam Road exit off I80. Store adjacent to freeway on west side.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Mack, 510-569-9317; or Casey Sawyer, 707-643-0387, both of Northern California Teamsters/ CO: Lucky Stores; Northern California Teamsters ST: California IN: SU:


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