Union grocery workers agree to strike
August 22, 2011
The union representing 62,000 grocery workers from Paso Robles to San Diego has voted to call a strike if an acceptable contract deal cannot be reached with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets. [Reuters]
After working without a contract for six months, over 90 percent of workers voted on Friday and Saturday to authorize a strike, far in excess of the two-thirds vote required.
Health care costs have been the main point of contention. The latest employer option 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, Reuters said.
During a previous strike in 2003, both sides held their ground during a four month standoff that cost the stores more than $1 million in revenue.