Grocery Workers Rally For New Contract, Health Care

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Dozens of grocery store workers marched from a Vons in Hollywood to an Albertson’s in Los Feliz to demand a fair and timely union contract while avoiding major health care increases.

The group was joined by several religious leaders and delivered letters to Vons and Albertson’s management.

In April, 62,000 United Food and Commercial Union workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons voted to authorize a strike over health care. The union says its members are being asked to pay up to $10,000 more each year to maintain their premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

Vons says they have reached a tentative pension agreement with the union. The grocer said it pays the majority of health care costs and is asking the unions for workers to increase
their weekly health care contribution from $7.50 to $9.

The United Food and Commercial Union’s previous contract expired in March. Negotiations for a new contract are still underway.

  • TT

    wait a minute – 62,000 divided by 10,000 = $6.20 ? a year? its Hard to believe this is all over 3.00 a month ….the increase from 7.50 to 9.00….$1.50 every 2 weeks ?……Must be more to it than that ….doesnt sound right ….

  • lala63

    Seriously? The grocery store employees won’t pay $1.50 more a week towards their health insurance? (Although I’m sure it’s close to worthless as all health insurance is these days). But still, … people are freakin’ LUCKY these days that work for an employer that 1. Offer any health insurance 2. Subsidize the cost in ANY amount for the employee. Oh, wait a minute – actually people are even lucky these days to HAVE A JOB AT ALL.

  • MJP

    TT $3 per month times 62,000 is $186,000 per month but the article does say $3 per month. Something has to be wrong here because no one would be too upset in this economy over a $3 per month increase in healthcare insurance.

  • dan

    These are bad times for everybody….so the UNIONS should give it a rest.

  • wixzoo

    Oh yeah, health care would be cool like that. Wow.

  • Gary Anderson

    I love VONS and Stater Brothers and would be sad if they ever closed down. I have been shopping VONS for years! Love Trader Joes too but VONS is my store. I say fight…


  • i shop at target n walmart

    a bump to $9 dollars geesh heatlhcare cost are going up everywhere i pay close to $50 a month maybe they should just make it optionally fi you want healthcare pay your premium if you dont want healthcare dont pay it. im sure some will go looking and see what they have is a deal from some companies out there… im glad i shop at walmart or target for my groceries

  • Suzanne Gomez

    Apparently none of the comments prior to mine are by any of us that work in the stores and have been dedicated to these companies by working for them for 20 plus years – we are asking the employers to share the 5 billion in profits and let us keep what we have – if we need to pay a alittle for our premiums then so be it … But in order to keep what we have we need the companies to contribute 1.50 an hour more twords healthcare – they have offered .30 cents per hour ….. We have settled our pension – let’s settle our healthcare and get a good contract … The contract we have currently ( the extension we are working with now) is a great one – if they extended it another 4 years that would be awesome … And by the way … No one has asked for a pay increase –

    • Ron

      Suzanne Gomez:

      If you are offered medical insurance by ANY employer, while working a minimum of 16 hrs./wk., then you should be very THANKFUL for what you have, especially if it will only cost you $1.50 per WEEK more NOT per hour.

      You are lucky to have a JOB.

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