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Major CA grocery chain employees will vote on strike today

Ralph's grocery store is among three major outlets voting to strike today.
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Employees from Southern California Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs stores will vote today on whether or not to walk off the job and strike according to ABC 10 News.

The United Food and Commercial Workers 135 President Mickey Kasparian said the recent offers from the grocery chains could “drastically” impinge upon employees’ healthcare and wages.

"Once our members see this insulting proposal, I am confident that we will have overwhelming strike authorization," said Kasparian.

The contract between the stores and employees has expired, and not been updated for more than three months.

Kendra Dovel, spokesperson for Ralphs said the chain does not want a strike and they are confident that the two parties will be able to work out a fair agreement.

"A strike authorization vote is premature and only serves to cause concern for associates and customers," said Dovel. "We encourage union leadership to return to the table on our agreed-upon upcoming dates and work out an agreement that is good for our associates and allows us to remain competitive in the market."

The union will met at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley twice today; once in the morning and once in the evening to vote on whether or not to leave thier posts.

If the vote swings in the direction to strike, no date has been set as to when the workers will walk off the job according to 10News.

All Southern California Chapters would need to weigh in before an approval to strike would be implemented.