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The Associated Press reports that as the Southern California supermarket strike reached the 100-day mark, fifteen people were arrested on misdemeanor charges for failing to disperse during a 1,200-person rally.

The civil disobedience had been expected, as the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) sought to bring new energy to a strike/lockout that started back in October over compensation and health benefits issues, and that has seen little progress made during infrequent negotiations.

Some 70,000 employees are affected by the strike/lockout, which affects Safeway's Vons, Kroger's Ralphs, and Albertsons.

The pressure on both sides has increased in recent days. Major shareholders in the chains have called for an end to the strike, and union members are now paying for their own health insurance.
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