Grocery workers considering strike

UFCW leaders are counting votes that would give grocery union leaders authorization to go on strike against Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons.

The Pasadena Star-News, the Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s sister paper, reported that members of UFCW Local 770 “ members “overwhelmingly” approved giving their contract negotiators the option to call a strike if necessary.”

UFCW spokeswoman Ellen Anreder said the locals representing workers as far north as Mono County and as far south as the Mexican border. She emphasized that a “yes” vote would not mean the union would immediately go on strike, but union negotiators would have that option.

Anreder said she was not authorized to elaborate on the sticking point between union and grocery chain negotiators.

The two sides have been in negotiations since February. Albertsons, Ralphs and Von’s issued the following joint statement:

“Asking for strike authorization is a common tactic in negotiations and does not necessarily mean a strike will be called. Getting sidetracked by these tactics will only delay our ability to reach an agreement on a fair contract for our associates. The real work towards getting a fair contract will happen at the negotiating table and we hope that’s where the union leadership will focus its attention as we return to bargaining next week.”

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