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Southern California grocery store workers to vote to authorize strike

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 14:14:31-04

(KGTV) - Southern California workers at major grocery stores are voting Monday on whether to authorize a strike after negotiations over a new contract stalled.

Even if workers that are part of the UFCW Local 135 union approve a strike, it does not mean employees at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons stores will immediately walk off the job.

Voting to authorize a strike will allow union leaders to call for one at any time, if necessary.

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The union says workers have been working without a contract since March, and over a dozen meetings in which employees asked for better wages and improved benefits have come and gone without a resolution.

Representatives from the three major grocers said they are committed to working with the unions to avoid a possible work stoppage.