LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Southern California grocery workers are voting on whether to approve a health care proposal by major supermarket chains or to give union leaders power to call a strike.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers resumed voting Saturday on a proposal by Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores. Voting began Friday.

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.

A union spokesman says results could be in by midmorning Sunday.

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Comments (17)
  1. mojo says:

    Boycott Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. Go to small neighborhood markets that don’t have unions and therefore don’t strike. The prices are cheaper and the customer service is WAY better.

    1. Somby says:

      Take the deal
      Sounds better than 90 % of US

  2. steve b says:

    If $36 a month is half of your take home pay, you should be looking for another job.

  3. madtaxpayer says:

    go strike all you want! we have other stores to shop that is the beauty of choice in private sector. government employees must not have unions bcs they are monoply.

  4. Sparky says:

    92 for full family coverage? I pay almost 900. I have a hard time believing that grocery clerks only make 200 a month. I hope they do strike – that will just drive more people away to Winco, Walmart, or Target.

  5. alg says:

    steve b. Thats $36 bucks, after Union dues deductions.

  6. alg says:

    take a look at that video in the article above. . Do you see all the REALLY FAT PIGS there. Those aren’t grocery clerks. Those are the UNION EXECUTIVES. These pigs and leeches have lived off us long enough. Lets get rid of them.

  7. satnot says:

    We here in the Hispanic communities have Food For Less which is part of Ralph’s. These hard working people do their jobs don’t complain and give way better service than Union workers who think the world is owed to them.One last thing “Unions reps serve their interest not yours” cause without you money cash cows paying your dues they don’t get a income. FYI we gat the same products at lower prices cause these are none Union workers.

  8. PK says:

    Ever notice Food for Less
    is also Food near expiration date

    1. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

      right ,always expired or near, WALMART, ex. large avocados 1.48. stater breros 1.99, food for stamps 1.78, go wal mart.

  9. Robear says:

    I always go to Trader Joe’s, never to the big supermarkets.

  10. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    The union again had to call, on Jessie jackson, old washed up preacher, hope the stores win!

  11. C. Miller says:

    The media needs to follow up on the union vote results. The 11pm news reported that the union was claiming 90% voted to reject contract and authorize strike. The problem is the way the voting ballot was worded. Yes meant no and no meant yes… which was confusing to many.
    The union claims the problem is that the grocery corp. were not going to be paying enough into the insurance trust fund and it would run out. They have insurance through Blue Cross… how is it a self funded program??? If they strike, this could easily cause a break up of the union. The stores will be losing money anyway so all they have to so is close to the public for 30(?) days and then they can reopen non-union. That will be disasterous as the other smaller non-chain stores cannot sustain the volume and all the WalMarts and targets will get into the full blown grocery business.
    If the stores become non-union the wages & benefits will crumble and not be viable, desirable jobs for most.
    PLEASE investigate the union’s stats. Why don’t they have an objective third party oversee and count the ballots? Again, the wording of this weekend’s ballot was confusing and the outcome should be highly questioned.

    1. Ron says:

      The way the UNION uses DECEPTION, CORRUPTION and INTIMIDATION to further their agenda, do you really think that they would allow transparency?

  12. ginny says:

    Strike all you want, I’ll still be shopping at Albertsons, as well as WINCO. Employee owned/non-union, great prices.

  13. chocolate biscuit cake says:

    yeah, i always says about the health care .it is a great spirit for public ,thay advasing .thankyou.chocolate biscuit cake

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