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In Southern California, the Daily Breeze reports that “the union representing Southern California grocery workers accused three major markets Wednesday of proposing cuts to employer health-care contributions that would bankrupt a fund that buys employee coverage, a claim the markets rejected.”

According to the story, the three chains – Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons – want to cut their contributions to the fund by almost 50 percent. However, a spokesperson for the chains denied the charge without giving specifics, saying it could not provide details because of a media blackout imposed by a federal mediator.

Negotiations have been taking place on an intermittent basis since March 5, when the contract between the chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), representing some 70,000 employees, expired.
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