Grocery Workers to Protest at Three LA Stores

On Wednesday, grocery workers plan to protest at three store locations in Southern California as the possibility of a strike looms.

Grocery Worker

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.

While the union workers previously voted to authorize a strike, changes to offers now being negotiated require another vote, said Mike Shimpock, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. That vote is scheduled for next week.

Kroger, which owns Ralphs, Safeway Inc. owner of Vons and Supervalu who owns Albertsons are negotiating as a group.

A representative for the supermarket operators was not immediately available for comment.

Grocery employees are members of seven union locals. The biggest is United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770.

The two sides have a tentative agreement on pensions but still have to come to agreement on wage and workplace rules as well as health care coverage -- the biggest point of contention in the talks.

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