Statement on Haggen Bankruptcy Developments

“Haggen Has a Responsibility To Do What Is Right”

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1167 and the International Union released the following statement regarding the Haggen bankruptcy as it relates to the motion filed to close 100 stores, as well as the recent approval of Albertson’s to hire back Haggen’s employees.

The following statement can be attributed to President Rick Bruer:

“Across our communities, the hard-working men and women of Haggen’s, their families have all been experiencing untold frustration and concern during these past few weeks as the Haggen bankruptcy continues to develop. From the start, we have made it clear to Haggen that they have a responsibility to do what is right. Unfortunately, it is clear that Haggen seems intent on pursuing a course of action that is wrong for the community, its customers, and its employees.

“Even though Haggen has stated in its court filings and to the public that that it is closing 100 additional stores because there are no interested buyers, we believe that is simply not true. In fact, there is no evidence that Haggen has conducted a real and organized sales process, or taken any good-faith steps to pursue buyers to operate these stores. Haggen’s failure to do so is not only irresponsible, it is unacceptable.

“Even in the face of Haggen’s repeated missteps and mistakes, our UFCW members have stood together and continue to prove their incredible worth. As we continue to compel Haggen to live up to its responsibilities, we are pleased that the FTC has granted Albertsons approval to hire back Haggen workers. This goes into effect immediately and provides the opportunity for laid-off Haggen workers to work at Albertsons stores. Our next steps will be working closely with our members to provide assistance and resources for them to secure these good union jobs.

“With respect to the Haggen bankruptcy proceedings, we are absolutely committed to taking every legal step possible to protect these jobs and the community. We will also do everything in our power to make sure that these stores are sold to responsible employers who respect our hard-working men and women. Make no mistake, we will fight as hard as we can to protect what these workers have earned and deserve.”

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