By Jessica De Nova
Source: ABC-7 Los Angeles
Hundreds of unionized grocery store employees rallied outside a Ralphs in Tustin Monday as bargaining continued on their contract set to expire March 6.
The group of about 300 members was just a fraction of the 60,000 workers across Southern California at Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, Stater Brothers and Gelson’s stores affected by the contract.
Ralphs employee, Pio Figueroa, said workers were under increased stress mentally, emotionally and physically-especially during the pandemic.
“Not knowing who might be sick or not, trying to protect ourselves and our families,” said Figueroa. “I’ve been chased through back rooms from customers who, you know, I’ve asked to put on masks.”