Grocery Store Strike Possible This Weekend

If you are a Raley's or Nob Hill shopper, you might have to walk across a picket line to shop for your groceries.

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    Bay Area shoppers may have to navigate past striking workers starting this weekend. (Published Thursday, Nov 1, 2012)

    Bay Area shoppers may have to navigate past striking workers starting this weekend.

    On Sunday union employees at 32 Raley's supermarkets say they are prepared to strike if no contract agreement is reached with the company.

    Raley's owns 22 Nob Hill stores in the South Bay in addition to 10 Raley's stores in the East Bay.

    John Seagle, a spokesperson for Raley's, says all the stores will remain open in the event of a strike.

    He says the company plans to bring in non-union employees to work.

    Seagle says the strike would be the first in Raley's nearly 80 year history.

    He says the company has lost millions of dollars since 2008 because of non union competitors like Walmart that are now selling groceries.

    The company has asked workers to accept a two year pay freeze.

    Some union employees say the new contract threatens their retiree health benefits.

    Seagle says the contract the company is offering employees is fair and he is frustrated the union has not put it up for a vote among members.

    Both sides met with a federal mediator on Thursday to try to reach an agreement