Thousands to Vote in Grocery Labor Dispute

Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 1:07 PM PDT
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Thousands to Vote in Grocery Labor Dispute

Grocery Workers May Soon Hold Picket Signs Instead of Pushing Grocery Carts

Thousands of Southern California grocery workers are voting this weekend on whether to approve a health care proposal by major supermarket chains or to give union leaders power to call a strike.

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers vote Friday and Saturday on a proposal by Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores.

They've been working without a contract for six months.

Health care costs have been the sticking point in negotiations. The new offer would charge workers about $36 a month for single or $92 a month for family coverage.

The stores say it's a fair deal while union workers say it could eat up as much as half of their take-home pay.

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