Grocery Workers To Vote On Contract, Strike Authorization

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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.

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