Union angst at Supervalu

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2012 - 11:42 AM

As the big grocery company puts itself up for sale, its 80,000 union workers wonder what the future holds.

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totaltruthSep. 2, 12 7:58 PM

Unions have dragged down a lot of major businesses in this country..

Unfortunately it looks like Supervalu is next on that large never-ending list....

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bucko763Sep. 2, 12 8:40 PM

I know someone that works for Lund's and she told me that with this tough economy and competition, it has been hard for anyone in this industry to keep up with inflation. For those who think that the union members are making money hand over fist...think again. A .35 hourly rate increase over the last 12 years does not make one a rich person. Has anybody checked what the inflation rate has been since 2000? I wish all those people employed by Super Valu the very best! I know that this must be a hard time for all of the employees.

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exrepublicanSep. 2, 12 8:47 PM

Totaltruth has no clue what he is talking about. US Companies first sent their plants and offices to the non-union states in the deep South, with the excuse that they "just couldn't afford to pay union wages." And when those same companies found they could get workers in Mexico cheaper than Alabama or North Carolina, they moved farther south again. And now, whichever poor, Third World slum has workers willing to work for three bucks and a bowl of rice per day gets the plant. This is corporate greed, not the fault of organized labor. When the last traditional grocery store closes, thanks to union-busting Wal-Mart, your food prices will go up significantly. All the paid social media posters and all their talking points will not change the fact that 30 years of GOP policies have gotten us into the low-wage, everything-for-the-wealthy mess we are in today.

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notaxmaxSep. 2, 1211:27 PM

I was a long time investor in Super Value so I followed corporate press. Former CEO Notabart would release a statement saying "we have got to streamline operations and cut prices" The Walmart exec they hired to replace him said the same thing. Now the new President is making the same statement. Seems they know what the problem is but fail when it comes to fixing it. I was a loyal Cub shopper until they priced themselves out of the market. Why should I have to stand in line at the one open register to buy a quart of ice cream for $6.49 when Walmart sells the same product for $3.58 every day. I think I see the problem.

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spunkykleeSep. 2, 1211:45 PM

notamax, please give me a example of ice cream being $6.49 at cub please, ice cream prices change weekly, are you a walmart employee?

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comment229Sep. 3, 12 4:50 AM

"Private equity buyers could also pose a problem for union workers since they are primarily looking for short-term profits, often by slashing costs and selling assets, including real estate, Budd said." Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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comment229Sep. 3, 12 4:51 AM

What I just don't understand, is why some anti union types want to drag down these middle class workers to their level? Or could it possibly be management making these posts that have jumped on the corporate bandwagon and are employing anti union tactics 101?

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comment229Sep. 3, 12 4:53 AM

What will be interesting to see, is if this company is sold to a private firm, and reopened with nonunion pay scales, to see what the new employees make. Bet it is a pittance and the people commenting here can gloat, "we have won!" Have you?

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comment229Sep. 3, 12 4:57 AM

Finally, and the sadist truth in our society today; I have several professional friends in education in this great state of ours, who are on staff at MN schools that do not offer group health insurance at all. I have a couple other friends who work at the local supermarket, and after 6 weeks of employment, were eligible for group health. I have yet to see one politician get involved with the debate over this and guess which political party shot down the insurance on the school staff? Worse yet, what did he propose to help these schools? Oh, I forgot, he borrowed money from them and it has NOT been paid back yet. Only in America I guess.

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jbpaperSep. 3, 12 6:28 AM

spunkyklee; You're right, notaxmax is wrong about the price. It's actually $6.99 for Kemps. Last week they did have BOGO coupon while Rainbow had it on sale for 2 for $5. I have never shopped at Wallyworld so I have no idea what their prices are.

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