Locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Los Angeles and Seattle came down hard Wednesday on Haggen following its announcement Tuesday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 — a process the company said would involve reorganizing around its core profitable stores.

The decision to sell stores is “a callous act by a greedy and incompetent corporation who lied and stumbled its way into this situation and is letting employees and consumers suffer the consequences,” Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770 in Los Angeles said.

Haggen officials could not be reached for comment.

The local represents nearly 1,500 union members working for Haggen.

“Rather than doing the right thing, Haggen is fleeing the field,” Icaza said. “Instead of creating a long-term sustainable business plan that would have benefited workers and shareholders alike, Haggen took the greedy route of quick, short-term profits and ended up harming our community and neighborhoods.

“This is not just a case of an inexperienced, unprepared retailer floundering in a competitive market. This is a case of a profit-hungry Wall Street investor [Comvest Partners, the West Palm Beach., Fla.-based company that owns the majority stake in Haggen] lying to employees and the communities they serve in order to make a quick buck.

“Now they leave behind a mass of broken lives and stores — all because they couldn’t see beyond the end of their own quarterly report. Haggen is looking out only for itself, without any consideration of where these families will get their next meal.”

Local 770 and other Southern California locals filed charges against Haggen in late August for illegally laying off and reducing hours for workers, failing to fully inform them about job protections and failing to adhere to legally binding protections in the union contract.

The UFCW said it settled similar grievances filed against Albertsons.

Tom Geiger, president of UFCW Local 21 in Seattle, which represents approximately 1,500 Haggen employees at the original 18 Haggen stores in the Pacific Northwest plus 10 others, expressed disappointment the company did not let the union and its members know about the Chapter 11 filing ahead of the media.

“For decades Haggen and our local union communicated openly about the status and future of the company, but that clearly changed with new ownership,” Geiger said in a letter to members shared with SN. “It is simply wrong for all our hard-working Haggen employees to have learned about this bankruptcy filing on the local news.”

Geiger said it is “quite clear the Haggen management team has made some very serious strategic missteps, especially during its most recent growth.”

The union expects Haggen to honor its union contracts, he noted, “and we will fight to make sure they do. As part of our efforts, your international union is coordinating united responses from our entire union family.

“Going forward, we need to work together like never before to make sure Haggen does what is right by … every member of our union family. As we have made clear to Haggen, they have a responsibility to do what is right, and we will stand and fight for your hard-earned wages and benefits.”