Attention grocery shoppers: It is now safe to go back to the stores.
That's right, the long and bitter and protracted and
pick-your-own-adjective strike and lockout between the grocery
employee unions and Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets has
headed for the checkout line.
For some, this comes as great news.
For those in search of groceries, the dilemma of either crossing
the picket line and offending the pickets or having to drive miles
out of your way to pick up milk, butter and eggs for the family is
For others, it will hardly be noticed as many have now picked up
new habits and new stores to shop at, some even noticing that despite
the convenience of the large supermarket chains, the prices and even
quality can be beat at some of the smaller and independent markets.
Maybe some of us will never go back.
Either way, the strike was a difficult time for employees,
employers and the public combined. It's good news for all of us that
this work stoppage has ended.