Grocery workers authorize strike for better wages, working conditions

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A security officer guards the entrance of Ralphs in Culver City, CA, as shoppers stand outside. Mike Iovino, who works at a Ralphs in Studio City, says grocery store employees deserve to be better protected against the newfound risks that have come with their jobs over the past two years. Photo by Amy Ta.

Over the weekend, the union for workers at Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons voted to authorize a strike. Workers and management will continue to negotiate a new labor contract on Wednesday. 

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