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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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