The grocery strike

“According to officials for Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons, employees will be required to pay $9 a week for single coverage, while the cost of family coverage under the proposal would be $23.

“The health-care proposal would maintain the current prescription drug co-payments and the annual deductible and out-of-pocket maximums in the PPO plan, according to the grocery chains. Under an HMO option, there would be no change to medication co-payments.

“‘The employers’ goal throughout these negotiations is to provide their employees with a solid compensation package, including affordable health care, and to also produce an agreement that will enable the companies to compete in Southern California in a difficult economy with aggressive, low-cost competition,” according to a joint statement from the chains.

“Union officials say grocery workers will be paying more for diminished health benefits under the contract proposed by the supermarket chains.

“According to UFCW Local 770 spokesperson Shimpock, Vons sent a letter to its employees with suggestions on how to get public assistance for health care.

“Two-thirds of grocery workers are part-time and receive average annual wages between $20,000 and $29,000, and would not be able to afford the higher deductible and premiums of the chains’ proposed health plan, Shimpock said.

“Many workers would be spending half their paycheck for healthcare costs under the supermarket’s proposal, he said.”
, EGPNews.com, August 25, 2011

According to UFCW Local 770 spokesperson Shimpock, Vons sent a letter to its employees with suggestions on how to get public assistance for health care.

Who does Vons think it is? Walmart?

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