Raley's Bel Air has asked for a federally-appointed mediator to assist in negotiations between the supermarket chain and the employees' union. The two sides have been negotiating for seven months. John Segale with Raley's Bel Air says the company is asking employees to pay more of their own healthcare costs.
SEGALE: "We are not making any cuts in wages or cuts to the pension program, nor will we in any new contract. We need to lower our cost structure and make some costs that we've already made with our employees at our non-union stores and at our corporate office."
A federal mediator will not enter talks if The United Food and Commercial Workers unions in the bay area and northern California don't agree to it.
The union has not said if it will accept the offer.
7700 employees have been working under their old contract since October.