You know this: “It’s the economy, stupid!”
When the economy’s bad, somebody’s gotta take the hit. And neither side wants to take the hit. They want to string it out as long as they can," says Chris Tilly, who directs the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
For five months, union workers at the “Big 3” grocery chains have been working without a contract. So what’s the holdup on a new deal? Tilly says to think of this stalemate like the one that grips the Southern California housing market.