Grocery workers vote on strike authorization

Jack Katzanek reports:

Grocery workers in Southern and Central California are voting Monday and Tuesday on whether they’ll authorize their union to call a strike at the region’s major supermarket chains.

After months of fruitless contract negotiations with Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs, the seven locals of United Food and Commercial Workers are holding membership meetings where strike votes are being tallied.

Authorizing a strike doesn’t mean there will be any labor action, but it does indicate the union’s dissatisfaction with the negotiations, which started almost four months ago. The vote is also designed to put pressure on the employers, with the next three-day round of negotiations scheduled to start on July 10.