The UFCW Southern California locals met with Albertsons/Vons and Ralphs for two more dates on May 19 and 20, again with the assistance of the federal mediator. We again explained the importance of maintaining benefits and pension, fair scheduling and living wages that allow grocery workers to make ends meet. Despite being almost 3 months past contract expiration, the companies still have not responded to our most important proposals and have shown no interest in responding to the important needs of their workers. We know from experience that these companies care only about the bottom line and not about the needs of their employees. We must show that our unity can threaten that bottom line to get these companies to address our needs. Mobilization of members and the community will continue to grow until we achieve a fair contract.