Source: KFI AM 640

More than 600 pharmacists and pharmacy workers at Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions stores in Southern California could be set to walk out following an “overwhelming” membership vote Friday to authorize union leadership to call for a strike.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which represents workers across seven locals, filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the stores with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming they have engaged in “unlawful and unfair treatment.” The accusations include retaliation against pharmacists who engage in union activity, attempting to bribe pharmacists with bonuses rather than negotiating wage increases and hiring temporary workers to undermine union activity.

No dates have been set for a strike and negotiations with the stores continued on Friday.

The seven locals make up the largest union grocery contract in the country.

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