Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Update: grocery workers vote in favor of strike

Grocery store workers voted over the weekend on whether or not to go ahead with a strike. More than 90 percent of workers voted in favor, according to union officials.

The strike vote came in response to months of negotiations with nearly 62,000 Southern California grocery store employees. After existing contracts expired last March, the 2 groups have struggled to come to a compromise. A major area of dispute involves proposed spikes in employees’ health care plans.

Vote results will be reported to a federal mediator in an attempt to reach a contract on settlements before the strike is called. Representatives of workers and management will resume negotiations beginning Aug. 29, giving both sides time to prepare for bargaining, according to officials.

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