No Friend of the Economy

Bashas’ filed for bankruptcy in July 2009. One of the stated reasons for the filing was the financial impact caused by the tactics of the UFCW.1

Under the union-assisted bankruptcy, Bashas’ closed 10 stores, eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, and is looking to close 14 additional stores. Bashas’ also owes $55 million to creditors, many of which are local vendors. It has even been reported that some philanthropic organizations that Bashas’ supports could be affected.2

Bashas’ claims they do not know how many people will end up losing their jobs because of the bankruptcy and it was likely that a number of part-timers would be laid off.3

While the UFCW claims to support workers’ rights, their actions have caused many workers to lose their jobs and local economies to suffer.


1 Max Jarman, “Bashas’: Ongoing Union Fight Sapped Grocer’s Energy, Cash,” The Arizona Republic, 7/15/09; Editorial, “At Issue: Attempts At Unionizing, Bullying Of Bashas’,” The Arizona Republic, 7/18/07
2 Max Jarman, “Bashas’ Woes Ripple State,” The Arizona Republic, 7/14/09
3 Luci Scott, “Bashas’ Seeks To Shut 14 More Stores In State,” Arizona Republic, 8/11/09