In Arizona, union workers at Fry’s Grocery Stores may soon be going on strike. If issues are not resolved by Saturday, there will be a strike. Preemptively, Fry’s is recruiting temp workers to fill in the spots needed by striking workers. The pay is “up to $15.75/hour.”
I decided to ask one of the workers about the strike. He said that they weren’t asking for anything extra; they were, in fact, asking for nothing. However, they were trying to keep things from being taken from them. He stated that Fry’s wanted to cut approximately $12,000/annually in benefits and salary from workers. I haven’t looked up Fry’s website to verify this yet, but if it’s true, it’s outrageous. While I can understand problems with employees if ridiculous demands are made, I think it’s completely wrong to try to take away from people. And to use the threat of scabs in order to do it. I’d love to have a job right now, even one that may be temporary. But not like this.