As some of you may know, the workers at Albertson's, Von's, Pavilion's and Ralph's are on strike - over 800 stores and 70,000 workers in the So Cal area. Last week as contract negotiations broke down, 97% voted to strike. The primary issues are health benefits, pension plans and management's desire to have a second tier pay scale.
One way you can help is simply by shopping at other stores - take your business elsewhere - Trader Joe's, Stater Bros, Gelson's, indepedent markets, etc. This may take a little planning but it really can make a difference.
Also, consider taking a more active role. I dropped by our local Pavilion's on my way home from work and gave the hungry strikers some cookies (bought at TJs) and then when I got home my DH (it was his afternoon with the baby) told me that he had taken our little guy out for some fresh air and exercise on on the picket line at the same store -- for two hours! Some fun apparently.
Anyway, now we're thinking of adopting the store for the continuation of the strike - showing up when we can, etc.
I just wanted to offer these ideas because I think we don't realize just how much small gestures mean -- and just how easy they are, really, to make.