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A press conference is scheduled to take place today in downtown Los Angeles at which it will be announced that supermarket employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in ongoing negotiations with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons “will receive the unanimous support ... of every chartered union in Southern California in their struggle to preserve medical benefits” that the chains are looking to adjust in any new collective bargaining agreement.

In other Southern California labor news, NBC reports that “national labor council leaders gave San Diego grocery workers permission to go on strike, local leaders with the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council announced on Tuesday.

The most recent contract has expired, and management and labor have continued to negotiate, even as reports have emerged suggesting that little progress is being made. If a strike or other labor action were to take place, the story says, it “would involve more than 10,000 supermarket employees in San Diego and 62,000 baggers, checkers and butchers across the state.”

The last grocery strike in Southern California was a four-month affair that took place eight years ago.
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