Health Care Key Issue in Southern Calif. Labor Talks
Health care benefits remain a sticking point in the months-long contract negotiations between three supermarket chains in Southern California -- Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons -- and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. On Wednesday, a union spokesperson said that members likely will reject the grocers' latest proposal and hold a vote to strike. Although the chains would pay more for employee health care under the new proposal, union officials said it falls short of their expectations because the benefits would not be fully funded.
- "SoCal Grocery Workers Ready To Reject Latest Health Proposal, Strike" (Galindo, Pasadena Star-News, 8/10).
- "Southern California Grocery Workers Plan Another StrikeÂ Vote" (Anderson, KPBS, 8/10).
- "S. California Grocery Workers Press for Contract" (Baertlein, Reuters, 8/9).