June 27, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Diego, CA – Workers at several leading supermarket chains in Southern California have voted to authorize a strike, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 officials said June 21.
The union, which represents about 47,000 workers at stores including Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons, and Safeway, says the companies want to reduce holiday pay, lower their contributions to workers’ pensions, and delay raises for entry-level workers. “We don’t want to strike. We want a successful contract,” Local 153 President Mickey Kasparian said. “This may create a leverage point for us…. We want to get to a resolution.” Workers at the chains start at $10.10 an hour, a dime above the state minimum, which is scheduled to go up to $15 in 2020. Kasparian said the union is committed to negotiating with the chains through July. Read more