Thousands to Vote in Grocery Labor Dispute

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    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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