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Raley’s Workers Call Strike

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Eleventh-hour talks between Raley’s and the United Food and Commercial Workers union fell through Saturday night, leading to a walk-out Sunday.

The walk-out affects Raley’s stores in northern and central California. Marin Austin found at least 30 Raley’s employees striking at a location in Elk Grove.

“We’re not leaving until Raley’s reaches an agreement with us,” they told FOX40.

The issues at the heart of the weeks-long dispute were health care coverage for retirees, and what the union called “unlawful” threats to change collective bargaining agreements from the West Sacramento-based grocery chain.

Sunday morning, Raley’s released a statement saying since no agreement was reached, they will implement the wage package in their last and final offer presented to the union last month. The company’s statement read in part: “Our union employees now must make the same sacrifice their non-union co-workers have already made if they want Raley’s to remain in business in the years to come.”

They also said while they expect employees to show up for work on Sunday, they have plans in place to keep stores open.

Stay with FOX40 and FOX40.com for more from both sides of the dispute.