The union representing about 10,000 workers at Massachusetts-based supermarket chain Stop & Shop has voted to authorize a strike if it can't reach agreement on a new contract with the company.
About 2,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 participated in the vote Sunday, a day after the old contract expired.
The union members will continue working while negotiations are ongoing.
A union spokesman says the company's wage proposals are inadequate, and it wants to cut pensions, raise health care costs and give new employees fewer benefits.
A Stop & Shop spokesman called the strike vote "unfortunate" and said its wage and benefit proposals are generous and its health care insurance premiums are below market average.
Stop & Shop is owned by Dutch company Ahold.
To read the full statement from the union union saying they went back to negation table early Monday morning, click here.
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