Thousands of grocery workers in the Central Valley and Southern California started voting Monday on whether to authorize their union to call a strike against several major supermarket chains.
About 47,000 workers at hundreds of Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, and Pavilions stores are eligible to vote this week. Results are expected to be released on March 27.
The possible strike would involve grocery clerks, meat cutters, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians represented by seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Vons and Ralphs Stores Included
Negotiations with Ralphs, owned by Kroger, and Albertsons, owner of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores, ended without agreement before the latest three-year contracts expired on March 6.
The union said the next day that the companies’ wage proposal amounted to a 60-cent increase that was “shockingly low” and…