El Super Workers Demand Adequate Sick Leave at Demonstrations in Arleta (2)

El Super workers who are United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union members held protests Wednesday,Oct. 7 at El Super stores in Arleta, Anaheim and Covina. Union members protesting an “unfair paid sick leave policy” have been in dispute with the grocery chain over the last two years and have lobbied support from the Pacoima Neighborhood Council, community organizations and local municipalities including the City of San Fernando.  This latest protest, according to organizers, was timed to coincide with the beginning of the 2015-16 influenza season and in advance of contract negotiations scheduled for October 26. In 2014, El Super imposed a “last, best and final” agreement that provided El Super workers currently with two paid sick days. Union members pointed to a California law that went into effect July 1, 2015 requiring most employers to provide at least three paid days of sick leave a year.