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Raley's Employees Authorize Strike

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The supermarket chain is asking each employee to pay $15 per month for medical insurance.  The United Food and Commercial Workers Unions 5 and 8 have voted to allow a strike over the issue.
John Segale with Raley's says every non-union store has a cost overhead advantage when it opens in one of Raley's neighborhoods.   
SEGALE: "Seven months, 50 sessions, the bringing in of a federal mediator and six contract extensions, yet we've yet to see their healthcare proposal."
Union officials did not return calls for comment.  They are resisting the proposal and urging employees to stay united.

The company would save $6 million if the 7750 employees approve the increase.  About 6500 non-union employees are already paying the extra amount each month. 

Negotiators are scheduled to meet again on Friday. 

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