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  • The Chicago Tribune reports that some 550 employees at Treasure Island Foods and Potash Bros. supermarkets that are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are calling for a consumer boycott of the chain.

    The UFCW is saying that the proposed boycott is related to the two companies' desire to change employee health insurance and pension benefits.

    Art Potash owner of the company that bears his name, told the paper that he was looking for employees, who currently pay nothing toward their insurance premiums, to contribute $5 to $10 a week. And Treasure Island management criticized the union for calling for a boycott before any vote on its proposal.

  • Arden Group-owned Gelson's Markets has announced that its employees who are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union have voted not to approve a new union contract that is identical to the terms to the contract ratified by union employees at the Southern California Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores.

    The company said that the "eligible employees who voted against the new contract represented more than a majority of those who voted; however, those voting against the new contract represent only about 36% of Gelson's union employees eligible to vote."

    Gelson's had an agreement with the union made previous to the strike/lockout that it would adhere to any deal made with the three major chains. The 18-store chain and the union are in discussions about where to go from here.

    The stores remain open and operating

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