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Contract Negotiations To Resume Between Grocery Chains And Workers

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Grocery store companies are scheduled to return to the bargaining table on Wednesday to resume talks with unions representing 46,000 workers across Southern California. 

After months of back and forth there's been little progress, and the possibility of a strike is looming. The two sides are still far apart on a deal to increase pay for workers at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions. 

Ralphs says it’s offering to invest millions in raises. But the union says workers now earning minimum wage or close to it would only get a few more nickels per hour. 

The last strike by the region's grocery workers, in 2003, dragged on for more than four months. 

Negotiations are scheduled to continue through Sunday.