Grocery Workers To Vote On Contract, Strike Authorization

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Unionized grocery workers across the Southland are voting on a controversial health care proposal, as well as whether to authorize a strike.

They already voted to authorize a strike in April, but a new contract is now being proposed by Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons.

Workers voting Friday and Saturday have already been without a contract for nearly six months.

Healthcare has been the sticking point, as employees say they would need to spend nearly half of their salaries on medical expenses.

The companies, however, say workers would only have to pay about $10 a week for individual coverage.

  • EverydayGuy

    Stocking shelves, gathering carts, making change. I bet the whole gang went to Cal Tech, Harvard, etc.

  • Ro Diaz

    If they go on strike, I’m willing to stock shelves. . . ( I need to smoke a joint in the back room first to make it more interesting) . . .

  • Tomv1

    I pay $80 a week for Medical and they are crying about $10 a month? Please! Go ahead and strike, I will still shop at the markets and will not let a bunch of brainwashed (by the union) mob mentality workers intimidate me!

  • William Brandt

    TomV1 definately a weenie for the teabaggers. I’m guessing doesn’t make what his republican masters make. Union brainwashing? Sounds like a way to make a decent wage cause companies sure and the hell won’t give it away for free.

    • TT

      In this instance – the only thing they are doing is taking money away from people that couldnt afford to pay them in the first place – just to get the same results they would have if they hadnt paid them and negotiated with the company themselves … these people get paid very little to begin with and the union is more than happy to take what they can get…. sorry – 100% dont agree.
      In some cases -union are applicable – I just dont think this is one of them ….

  • Baseball girl

    Here we go again……. Prices will go up even higher then they already are……

  • James Barlow

    @William Brandt, what a typical uniion thug you are, you can’t argue your point so you sink to personal attack. Perhaps Tom V feels like most of us on this comment board, that your underskiilled workers have gone too far this time, in this economy, we are all happy to have a job. Go ahead, strike, and watch us all cross your lines and use our favorite checker, the self checkout line. This will not go well for you this time, good luck with your job killing union endeavor.

  • bert arevalo

    TomV1 your correct I pay over 100 for medical for my family.

  • Michael Keenan

    To avoid strikes and avoid paying any benefits regardless of the costs the FAT CAT CEO’s have shipped jobs overseas by even using stimulus money.That is partly why there is such high unemployment in the first place. And you can bet they would have shipped Claremont Von’s to some other country if they could and starve us in the process. The last so-called two tier agreement backfired with new hires ending up stealing food in order to just survive. And the new hires had a large turnover rate to boot. The result only led to poor service for the customer on the last lockout which by the way was supported by large numbers of loyal customers who do care about the great service they recieive. I’m for a ONE DAY GENERAL STRIKE from all workers across the nation. That would be the smartest way to get our point across to the FAT CAT CEO’s and all the other scammers and parasites.

  • Mark Silvers

    Go ahead and strike. My co-pay for Kaiser Permanente (thru my company) is $115.94 per paycheck and I pay $20 for prescriptions, doctors, etc. Bunch of coddled babies.

    • TT

      and i’ll bet you make 20.00 an hour …. There not even close…..their not even 1/2

      • TT

        correction to comment TT – some of them arent even close…or 1/2

      • rich

        ummmmmm a friend of mine is a checker at one of these stores and maked 22bucks an hour so belive me they make good money

  • Michael Keenan

    What company would that be? Are you paid by the week? Based on what is being collectively bargained for how does your total package compare vs what is being asked for? How would you know the union is being coddled? It may be true and maybe you should be at the table but just posting numbers gives nothing to go on by comparison.

  • ginny

    Is this one of the Unions that joined the push to have the new Health Care Reform Bill written/passed and then just as quickly submitted and received an exemption to have to participate in the programs the rest of us will be? My employer is looking at dropping our benefits package (that I pay more then 50% for out of my paychecks) and taking the yearly fine they would be hit with because it is so much cheaper. I’ll walk thru the picket lines if I need to go to the market., Sorry.

  • TJ

    The store could be staffed with non-union folks within days! Grocery store jobs would be a dream come true for thousands of people who would probably be more reliable, hard working and honest than those that don’t have any appreciation for what they currently have. The union has gone too far this time, and all the “sheep” will pay.

  • JW

    Does this mean you union haters will get upset when I tell you I make $120,000 a year and I don’t have to pay a cent for any of my benefits?? By the way, that includes my retirement. OUCH!!! You all had your chance when you graduated and looked for employment. It appears you “non-union” people are just bitter becuase your private sector jobs suck and your employer can walk all over you. Just becuase you did’nt do your homework prior to accepting your worthless job does’nt mean union workers need to suffer.

  • frodo

    I work for Albertson’s and not everything you are reading is true!! Of course, that goes for both sides of the story, not everything from the union is true either. Does it sound rational that we would strike over $10 per week…really? Think before you make uninformed comments. My husband pays $600 a month for his insurance..$10 is nothing for us to pay. If that were true we would take that contract in a second! Who in there right mind wouldn’t?? We are trying to avoid receiving government handouts, welfare, food stamps, medi-cal by keeping our jobs. Hope you are still think its funny to cross the picket line when you look at your paycheck and there’s a little deduction with our names on it of you supporting us while we collect all those government handouts..whose laughing now?

  • Albert R. Killackey, Esq.

    “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings my friend.” Mitt Romney telling the Big A Lie! King George III could only have dreamed of the virtual monopolistic aristocracies which have formed within vital industries since Reaganomics began 30 years ago. Just a few global corporations control over 80% of our food supply! It’s not just about tea or military arms anymore; it’s all goods sold! What happen to Ike’s GOP?

    Reality Check; a Corporation is a “Global Business Property” siphoning America’s wealth off to the Pockets of Global Shareholders Worldwide! Unions are American Families Keeping America’s Wealth in America! America’s Middle Class & Weekends Are *Union Made*. Support Unions! Tax and regulate the greedy global corporations!

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