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SAFEWAY DECISION COULD AFFECT 1,000 BAY AREA JOBS

 SAFEWAY DECISION COULD AFFECT 1,000 BAY AREA JOBS
 OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Area Teamster


officials expressed serious concern today over reports that Safeway Inc. may be planning to contract out work at its soon-to-be completed Tracy warehouse to a private company, a move that could cost up to 1,000 local Teamsters their jobs.
 Chuck Mack, president of the Teamsters Joint Council 7, a collection of 28 Northern California teamster local unions representing 70,000 members, said Safeway is expected to make an announcement today concerning the new warehouse facility.
 Mack said a number of Bay Area teamster Locals that represent workers at Safeway facilities in Fremont, Richmond and San Leandro have been negotiating with the company for months to settle questions related to the transfer of those employees to the new facility where the work of the three existing warehouses will be consolidated.
 Mack said he received information yesterday that would indicate Safeway plans to hire a private company to handle the warehousing and distribution of stock at the new facility rather than allowing existing employees to transfer there.
 He said that if that occurs, current employees would be given no special preference for jobs in the new warehouse.
 "Basically, the company would be saying to its current warehouse workers, some who have been working for Safeway for 35 years, that if they want a job, they have to fill out an application," said Mack.
 According to Mack, the Teamsters are seeking assurances that all Northern California Safeway employees working under the Teamsters collective bargaining agreement be given the right to transfer to the Tracy facility under the principle of following their work; that seniority rights must be protected for all employees who exercise transfer rights; and that economic terms and conditions of employment at Tracy cannot be lowered from the level presently in effect.
 He promised that the Teamsters Union is fully prepared to take the strongest economic actions possible to ensure that the rights of its members are protected.
 "There is no way we are going to sit idly by and watch Safeway steal the jobs of our members," Mack said. "Just because they are moving 50 miles east does not mean they can suspend the rights of our members to their jobs."
 He further labeled Safeway's actions, "the height of corporate irresponsibility and arrogance." Mack also questioned the role the San Francisco investment firm of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. is playing in the continuing stalemate between the supermarket chain and the union in resolving problems relating to employee transfer to the new warehouse. The investment firm assumed control of Safeway in a leveraged buy-out.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Mack of the Teamsters' Joint Council No. 7, 510-569-9384/ CO: Teamster's Joint Council No. 7 ST: California IN: SU:


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