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The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has begun efforts to organize Martin’s Food Markets employees in the Richmond area. The effort was timed to the one-year anniversary of Ahold’s purchase of Ukrop’s, which owns Martin’s.

According to the story, “The union, which represents grocery workers at area Kroger stores and about 70,000 Ahold employees in the U.S, said it wants the opportunity to speak with employees and let them choose whether to unionize.”

"It's unfortunate that union activities are disrupting the shopping experience for customers," Christopher Brand, a spokesman for the grocery chain, tells the paper. "Martin's is a union-free chain committed to providing the best working environment for our associates — one that allows us to communicate directly without the interference of an outside third party."
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