Thousands of Fryâ€™s and Safeway employees are threatening to strike this Friday, so Fryâ€™s and Safeway stores are hiring in anticipation of the strike.Â Itâ€™s probably not the best time for any employee to go on strike, no matter what the reason, because quite simply they will have workers doing the job and wonâ€™t be in a hurry to negotiate with the strikers.Â
The unemployment rate is at a high this country hasnâ€™t seen since 1983 and is only expected to rise over the next year.Â The current national rate employment rate is 10.2%.Â
Picket lines are anticipated the next time you go to Fry’s or Safeway stores, and the employers arenâ€™t taking it sitting down.Â They have taken out full-page ads stating they are looking to hire thousands of temporary workers.
13,000 workers plan to strike on Friday over healthcare costs for new employees. A grocery store worker averages $20,000 a year, and Fry’s and Safeway are asking new employees to pay up to $2,000 of that money for their healthcare, the union stated that is unacceptable.
Temporary workers should expect to get about $9.50 an hour and they are looking for clerks, stockers, meat cutters, and baggers.