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Grocery workers vote this weekend

'Help wanted' signs go up in local supermarkets

Posted: August 19, 2011 12:14 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2011 12:14 p.m.

Supermarkets in the Santa Clarita Valley have started posting "help wanted" signs to hire temporary workers in case their employees vote to strike this weekend.

"The reason we're doing this is because the union continues to talk about striking," said Fred Muir, a spokesman for Albertsons.

"As a result, we need to be prepared," Muir said.

Grocery workers for Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons are voting today and Saturday.

The union will vote on whether to approve a health-care proposal presented by the supermarkets and whether to give union contract negotiators the authority to call a strike, said Mike Shimpock, a union spokesman.

Health care has been the main sticking point in contract negotiations between the markets and the union.

The results of the union vote will be released on Monday, Shimpock said.

There are 16 Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons stores that employ about 1,200 workers in the Santa Clarita Valley.

"Today we're standing up to the markets," Shimpock said. "We want markets to negotiate a fair and complete deal."



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