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Fox News reports that more than 3,000 grocery store employees voted nearly unanimously in favor of a strike at 33 Minnesota Cub Foods stores owned by United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI).

"'We voted today to stand up and be heard, and to strike,' workers said in a unified statement announcing the strike on its official Facebook page Tuesday … According to UFCW 663 President Rena Wong, members are seeking a raise of $4 per hour throughout the next two years for full-time employees, and raises every six months for part-time employees (instead of tied to hourly accumulation)."

Cub responded with the following statement:

"Cub cares greatly about its team members and has negotiated diligently and in good faith with UFCW local union #663 to finalize a new collective bargaining agreement. As part of its current offer, Cub has proposed historic wage increases and agreed to ongoing union health and pension plans on terms specifically requested by the union.

"We’re deeply disappointed that the union elected to spend today taking a strike authorization vote instead of using that time to meet with us to reach agreement on terms for a new contract. It is our strong hope that the union will choose to continue negotiations rather than pursue a strike. In the event there is a strike, we are prepared to implement contingency plans to ensure the continued availability of the products and services our guests have come to count on from Cub."