By Lynn Petrak
Source: Progressive Grocer
After days of voting last week, grocery workers in Southern California have authorized a strike. Members of seven local United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) unions approved the potential action in the wake of months of failed negotiations with representatives of The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. Affected banners include Kroger-owned Ralphs and Albertsons-run Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions.
According to information released by the participating unions, 95% of members who voted okayed a work stoppage. Emphasizing workers’ resilience in the face of the pandemic, the unions are seeking higher wages, along with better access to full-time status and more in-store health and safety committees.