Grocery worker ordinance
approved by Board of Supervisors
By Aldrich M. Tan
April 26, 2006
The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance protecting
local grocery employers on first reading at Tuesday's meeting.
Spearheaded by Supervisor Fiona Ma, the Grocery Worker Retention
Ordinance requires grocery employers to retain their employees
for 90 days upon change in control of the grocery store.
"We need to value the good work and experiences of these
employees and protect as many jobs as we can," Ma said.
The ordinance's passing is a victory for local grocery employees,
said Michael Sharpe, president of the United Food and Commercial
Workers Local No. 648
"Today is a great day for the men and women who work hard
in this industry and are citizens of the city," Sharpe said.