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The (Non)Report

The health inspector came to Farmer Joe’s the day after the union scam, or should I call it, the sideshow. You remember the one – where UFCW local 5 claimed there was some tainted rotted spoiled whatevah in Farmer Joe’s grocery. As Ronald Browder, chief of the Alameda County Health Agency environmental protection division, said “We investigate all complaints, whether they are valid or not.” I forgot to post the inspection report because the union’s accusations were so obviously a lie and such a non-issue. Anyway, I’m finally remembering to post the report, if anyone’s still interested. The inspector found nothing at the little store and some stuff stored in boxes on the floor at the big store. The inspector said “Keep stack at least 6 inches off the floor. Correct by 5JUL07.” Done. No expired, moldy, out-of-date, zippity-do-da, dingle berries except in the UFCW’s minds. That union’s got quite an imagination. The next thing ya know, they’ll claim they invented Post-It notes.


July 10, 2007 - Posted by | food, Local 5, smear campaign, UFCW, union, union harassment


  1. NO products met the criteria of the Union set-up? That’s not a surprise to everyone buying fresh food for their families at Farmer Joe’s.
    Wow. I guess all those millions of dollars in dues didn’t buy the UFCW and Local 5 any brains (or honor).
    Hey, Local 5! Try eating Farmer Joe’s fresh spinach, it might make you smarter!

    Comment by Dimond resident | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. This story is so ironic. I recall shopping at the old Lucky’s at the same location about 8 years ago. The Lucky’s, a union store, had expired milk on the shelf. I bought bread from that same Lucky’s that I brought home only to realize it was also past the “best by” date. The Lucky’s stocked the fine wine “Thunderbird”… I wasn’t even aware that wine was still being produced until I shopped there.

    I suppose the union employee’s of the failed Lucky’s/eventually Alberson’s had to look for other employment following store’s closure.

    Farmer Joe’s is the best thing to happen to the Dimond in the 10 years I’ve been living here. I imagine that as a thriving business, Farmer Joe’s will also be a great employer for the people who work there (whether they choose to organize with this oddly managed union or not).

    I will always support a great store like Farmer Joe’s which has made such a substantial contribution and investment in our neighborhood. Keep up the great work and I hope these strange antics come to an end soon.

    btw I have family members who are in unions and do feel that they are often very positive organizations. However, the actions of this union seem much more a case of union bullying and a rather bizarre attack on a small family business.

    Comment by Peter | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Pretty Interesting.

    Comment by Amado | August 25, 2007 | Reply

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