August 4, 2003


Rally and Press Conference – Wednesday, March 12th at 12:30 p.m.

Genuardi’s at East Norriton, 25 West Germantown Pike – Norristown


(Philadelphia, PA) Genuardi’s workers will launch a campaign to Save Our Stores at a press conference and rally on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 12:30 p.m.  Two years ago, Safeway bought the long-time Philadelphia family-owned grocery chain and has driven it into the ground.  Customers and workers are deeply disappointed in Safeway’s management of our local chain.  Workers are fighting back.


Genuardi’s workers want to have a voice.  They want to have a seat at the table to force Safeway to keep these stores as an asset to our community.  Safeway should respect the knowledge, experience and loyalty of the Genuardi’s workforce.


This isn’t the first time Safeway has nearly destroyed a local chain.  Workers from the Dominick’s chain in Chicago will tell their story of Safeway’s takeover and subsequent downturn in sales.  The Dominick’s workers have a union on their side and are actively saving their company thanks to their voice with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). Safeway workers from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. will join workers from Chicago at the rally as part of the UFCW Safeway Worker Action Team (SWAT) to help local workers stand up to Safeway’s mismanagement and corporate greed.