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Grocery Workers and Employers Find Common Ground

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After threatening to go on strike nearly two months ago, grocery workers employed by Ralph's, Albertson's and Vons have found some common ground with their employers as they hammer out the details of their contracts. In a statement today, the workers announced that the union and the store management had reached an agreement about the worker's pensions. "We’ve compromised to retain the most crucial portions of our pension plan while helping management save money. This not only preserves our pension fund but also shows our willingness to work towards a fair solution for all parties,” said Rick Icaza, president of the largest Grocery workers union in the negotiations, Local 770.

The groups are still battling it out, though, over health care plans and wages. “Now is the time for the corporations to compromise as well. It would take but a small portion of their revenue, less than 3% of their profits last year, to maintain current health care benefits for their employees.”

“Without that small compromise on their part, grocery workers could be forced to pay as much as 50% of their take home pay to maintain health care for their families,” Icaza concluded.

The workers originally threatened to strike over the fact that contract negotiations were ongoing past the date that they were supposed to be complete.