Northern California employees of Safeway, Save Mart launching campaign to inform public about their ongoing negotiations with their employers in effort to build support for maintaining good jobs, affordable medical care

SAN JOSE, California , March 1, 2012 () – Grocery workers throughout Northern California are launching a campaign to inform the public about their ongoing negotiations with their employers and to gather pledge cards from customers showing support. They are asking consumers to sign pledge cards in an effort to maintain good jobs and quality medical care for their families and retirees.

Employees of Safeway, Save Mart and Nob Hill will be greeting customers and handing out reusable grocery bags and pledge cards in three locations in San Jose on March 1 and in other locations in the coming weeks.

Retired Save Mart butcher Frank Tallerico said, “Since San Jose passed the plastic bag ban we thought it would be a nice gesture to give our customers reusable bags so they’re not surprised at the check stand. We also thought it would be a good idea to let them know about our negotiations and ask them to help us continue to provide for our families and keep them healthy.”

What: Grocery workers will be handing out pledge cards and reusable plastic bags to shoppers at three locations in San Jose on March 1

Why: To educate the public and build support for maintaining good jobs and affordable family and retiree medical coverage

Where & when: March 1, 2012:
Midtown Safeway 1476: 1300 W. San Carlos Street 7am - 11am
SaveMart 233: 3457 McKee Road (cross street Toyon Ave) from 4pm to 7pm
Nob Hill: 6061 Snell Avenue from 4pm to 7pm

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