Protesters Protest What Happened at Other Protest
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It turns out the Martinez-based union is protesting what happened during the carpenters' last protest of a Safeway, said union spokesman Paul Cohen. Workers had been picketing a San Jose store at 4950 Almaden Expressway, protesting the actions of yet another Safeway store in Contra Costa county -- which purportedly hired a contractor who wasn't paying standard wages. An employee of the San Jose store confronted the workers while holding a knife, and then slashed through one of the worker's banners, Cohen says.
Instead of quelling the protest, the Safeway Slasher just created grounds for a new one. The union has lodged a complaint against Safeway with the National Labor Relations Board for intimidating employees while they assert their rights, Cohen says.
Let's just hope next time the protest is a bit more visible.