Grocers Try To Find Way Around Picket Lines

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Oct 22, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson


Schnuck Markets is St. Louis has resumed taking online orders for groceries in an attempt to win back the business of consumers unwilling to cross the picket line, reports the
Associated Press.


Schnuck’s Express Connection program, which is has been operating since 1997, was temporarily suspended when members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union in the St.
Louis area voted to strike on October 7.


A spokesperson for the UFCW, Ed Finkelstein said Schnuck’s action was, “A way to circumvent the picket line. “But,” he added, “it also says to us that we’re correct when we say
people are not shopping in the stores and are supporting the strike.”


Moderator’s Comment: Are the UFCW strikes achieving their intended purpose for the union or the chains?


A piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the other day said that some shoppers who originally honored the picket line were beginning to cross because they
didn’t expect the strike would last as long as it has.
[George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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