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.