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Union Workers To Meet With Grocery Stores Next Week For Mediation - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Southland grocery workers and union officials staged a rally Monday in another push for a new contract, stressing they do not want to go on strike, but they will if they don’t believe they are receiving fair labor offers from the owners of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons.

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Union leaders say no grocery strike this week - KABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Union leaders announced on Monday that there will be no supermarket strike this week. The union and representatives of Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons stores have agreed to go back to the bargaining table next Monday.

Negotiators for the grocery workers union and the major supermarket chains are set to go back to the bargaining table next Monday, as directed by a federal mediator.

Grocery Workers Hope for More Negotiations as Strike Looms - ABC7

Union representatives expressed hope Sunday that Southern California's major grocery chains would return to the bargaining table as a strike over health care and wages looms.

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers voted by more than 90 percent over the last two days to reject Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons latest contract proposals. The vote sets the stage for a possible strike.

Southern California grocery workers authorize a strike - Reuters

(Reuters) - The union representing 62,000 grocery workers in southern California has received the go-ahead from members to call a strike if an acceptable contract deal cannot be reached with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets, officials said on Sunday.

Supermarket union workers authorize strike; Walkout could happen this week - KABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Supermarket union workers have voted to authorize leaders to call a strike, if necessary. A possible walkout could happen as early as the middle of next week.

The vote to authorize a strike passed with 90 percent approval.

Employees have overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons management, setting the stage for a possible walkout. Thousands of employees cast ballots Friday and Saturday, with the focus on whether to accept a more costly healthcare plans.

Southern California Grocery Workers Reject Contract Deal - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Southern California grocery workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject a health care proposal from major supermarket chains and authorize their union leaders to call a strike, a spokesman said Sunday.

More than 90 percent of voters from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, which has about 62,000 members, rejected the proposal from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores.

Grocery union vote backs strike at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons - LA Times

Members of a union that represents 62,000 grocery workers at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if an agreement on a new contract can't be reached.

The strike authorization won the backing of more than 90% of the United Food and Commercial Workers members who voted, easily more than the two-thirds majority required, the union said.

Union rejects supermarket healthcare proposal - ABC7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Supermarket union workers have overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons management, setting the stage for a possible walkout.

The results of the strike-authorization vote by union grocery workers were expected to be released Sunday.

UFCW Urges Calif. Members to Reject Offer - Supermarket News

LOS ANGELES— Leaders of the seven Southern California locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union told SN Wednesday they plan to ask members to reject the employers' contract proposal.

Grocery labor fight heats up, stores start hiring potential strike breakers

Will Southern Californians face another grocery store strike? Depending on what happens in the next few days, the answer could be yes.

Labor negotiations are dragging into the sixth month between the United Food and Commercial Workers and Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. Both sides, which are meeting this week, are trying to hammer out a complete contract offer to present to workers. Healthcare benefits remain a divisive issue. So are wages and staffing levels.

Jesse Jackson Backs Calif. Grocery Workers - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has joined Southern California grocery workers who are fighting proposed health care hikes in a contract struggle with major supermarket chains.

Jackson and other activists met with local Ralphs executives Wednesday at a Los Angeles store to express their concerns. Jackson says he’ll hold another meeting with supermarket higher-ups.

Grocery Workers Union Ready for Strike Vote - NBC LA

Signs of a work stoppage were on display Sunday as both sides involved in grocery worker contract negotiations prepared for a week that might end with a strike vote.

Local 770 members met Sunday at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank. Picket signs were on conference room tables during meetings at which members discussed what to expect this week.

Grocery union, big 3 supermarkets at odds over healthcare - ABC7

CRENSHAW DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Grocery workers threaten to strike the big three supermarket chains in Southern California in a dispute over healthcare. Grocery workers rallied Wednesday, pushing for a new contract with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. The employers have offered a new proposal on the major issue of healthcare.

Grocery Workers Join Picket Lines In Front Of 3 Ralphs Stores - CBS LA

LOS ANGELES — Picketers are outside three Ralphs supermarkets Wednesday, in what could be a preview of another grocery workers strike.

Sindicato decidirá si se va a huelga - La Opinión (edición Impresa)

El Sindicato de Trabajadores de Comercio y Alimentos (UFCW) hará una votación el 19 o 20 de este mes, para decidir si sus 62 mil miembros en el Sur de California se van a la huelga en contra de los supermercados Ralphs, Albertson's y Vons.

Con un contrato colectivo que expiró hace cinco meses y con las negociaciones estancadas, los representantes sindicales han decido iniciar esta semana una serie de protestas frente a los supermercados para insistir a la corporación de supermercados que ratifiquen las cláusulas del contrato anterior que les garantice un sueldo justo y cuidado médico.

Grocery Workers Rally Outside Ralph's Supermarkets - KTLA 5

SHERMAN OAKS- Hundreds of grocery workers rallied at three Ralph's supermarkets today to call attention to stalled contract negotiations.

Roughly 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California are ready to vote on giving their unions the go-ahead for a strike if Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets do not put an acceptable contract offer on the table by next week, a union spokesman says.

SoCal Grocery Workers Rally for New Contract - My Fox LA

Van Nuys - As hundreds of grocery workers and their supporters rallied today to push for a new contract, the three major grocery chains released details of their latest health care proposal, which they claim would hold the line on costs but require employees to pay $9 a week for single coverage.

Cardenas Joins Grocery Workers Union Rally in Sherman Oaks - NorthHollywood Patch

With talks stalled, union members are going public Wednesday with demonstrations at three Ralphs supermarkets in Los Angeles.

"Ralphs wants welfare, we want health care!" That was the shouted battle cry from a crowd of about 100 people in support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union as they marched in front of the Ralphs Market at 14444 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday morning.

It was the first public demonstration by the grocery workers union and their supporters since the union contract with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons expired six months ago.

Grocery Workers to Protest at Three LA Stores - NBC LA

As the possibility of a grocery strike looms, grocery workers plan to protest Wednesday at three store locations.

The Ralphs stores are at 14440 Burbank Blvd. in Van Nuys; 3410 W 3rd St.; and at 3670 Crenshaw. Delegations are expected to confront store managers and will have crowds of supporters.

The contract covering Southern California grocery workers expired six months ago.

NAACP rallies for grocery workers, labor rights - Peaple's World

LOS ANGELES - Hundreds of delegates to the NAACP's 102nd convention marched July 27 through the streets downtown in support of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which is in negotiations with Vons, Ralph's and Albertson's supermarket companies.