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Grocery Workers Say They’re Moving Closer To A Strike

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California grocery workers say they’re fed up with inaction in their eight-month contract negotiations and are moving closer to a strike.

Grocery Workers Union Local 770 President Rick Icaza says the union issued a 72-hour notice Thursday to cancel a contract extension and pave the way for a strike.

A strike isn’t guaranteed, but canceling the contract removes the final barrier to a worker walk out.

The union says contract negotiations are stalled because supermarkets are unwilling to compromise on health care contributions for 62,000 grocery workers.

Ralphs Grocery Co. spokeswoman Kendra Doyel has said the grocers’ proposal is affordable and good for employees and their families.

After-hours calls and emails to major grocers Thursday night were not immediately returned.

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