By Robert Haugh
A picket line will form on Friday in front of Nob Hill Foods at Monroe Street and Lawrence Expressway. They just opened — about a week ago. It’s the first ever Nob Hill grocery store in Santa Clara and located in the new Monticello Apartment Homes mixed use complex.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 5 called for the picket:
“In an unprecedented action, the Raley’s Corporation of Sacramento has set out on a Union Busting campaign by opening their first Nob Hill food store non-union and obstructing UFCW Local 5 from organizing the workers. This unprecedented attack on organized labor will not go unanswered.”
Those are strong words.
In addition to the picket, we hear from labor sources that they will demand candidates return political contributions from the Irvine Company, the developers of the Monticello complex.
What Will Caserta Do?
This may put one candidate for County Supervisor in an uncomfortable spot. Santa Clara Councilman Dominic Caserta has been a big supporter of Irvine and taken contributions from them.
Caserta was co-endorsed by Labor along with San Jose Councilman Don Rocha.
— Caserta 4 Supervisor (@Caserta4Supe) February 23, 2018
But Caserta also brags about his business support. Here’s what his campaign said in a January 19, 2018 press release:
“The Chamber of Commerce leadership PAC chose to offer its sole endorsement to Caserta, citing the most pragmatic and business-friendly track record.”
Will Caserta try and mediate this dispute since he has the Labor endorsement and “the most pragmatic and business-friendly track record”? Or will he be on the picket line on Friday? Our sources say Rocha will likely be there.
This story will be interesting to watch as it develops. It could have an impact in the June supervisorial primary. Stay tuned.