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Aug 21, 2011 1:13 PM by Kathy Kuretich, The Associated Press

Southern California grocery workers reject contract deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of Southern California grocery workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject a health care proposal from major supermarket chains and authorize their union leaders to call a strike.
United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Michael Shimpock said more than 90 percent of voters on Saturday rejected the proposal from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores.
Shimpock could not give precise numbers on turnout, but the union has about 62,000 voting members.
He says the union will report the results to the dispute's federal mediator on Monday and that more talks would likely follow.
Messages left for grocery store representatives late Saturday night were not immediately returned.
The new offer would charge workers about $36 a month for single or $92 a month for family coverage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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