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Rite Aid Union Workers Vote to Authorize Strike if Necessary

The employees will strike if progress isn't made in negotiations.

Workers at Rite Aid stores throughout Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if no progress is made in contract talks, their union announced Tuesday.

"The members' emphatic rejection of Rite Aid's demands and their vote for strike authorization will push management toward negotiating an agreement the workers can ratify," the leaders of the seven union locals representing the workers said in a joint statement.

Rite Aid officials could not be reached for immediate comment.

The union locals represent workers at Rite Aid stores stretching from Kern County to the Mexican border. Union members voted on a strike authorization and management's most recent labor proposals between Thursday and Monday.

In Altadena, there is a Rite Aid located at the northwest corner of Lake Avenue and Altadena Drive.

Union officials said Rite Aid was seeking nearly three dozen concessions from workers, including what they called an elimination of health care for workers' spouses and children, increased out-of-pocket costs for health care, elimination of sick leave pay, reduction in work hours and elimination of the 40-hour work week.

-City News Service

Michael Brand August 02, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Not a good time to strike when there are so many people looking for work. Union bosses sure aren't looking out for the best interest of dues payers.

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