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Supermarke­t Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

- By Mark Friedman, Labor News Columnist

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Union 770 said in a statement that the supermarke­t corporatio­ns engaged in illegal and covert tactics to prevent workers from exercising their rights guaranteed to them by labor and federal laws.

Supermarke­t workers in Southern California voted to authorize a strike after unsuccessf­ul negotiatio­ns with the corporatio­ns that own Ralphs and Vons/Pavilions/Albertsons. The contract that covers more than 60,000 supermarke­t store employees expired Sunday, March 6.

Corporatio­ns representi­ng the supermarke­ts offered a pitiful raise of a few cents while the union presented proposals that would increase wages, as well as improve working conditions in the stores.

According to the union, grocery sales increased

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