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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

Workers' Strikes Over Health Costs

October 15, 2003

Regarding the supermarket strike: I shop at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons and I refuse to go anywhere else or cross the picket lines to get food. When I start running low on food I will probably just eat out more. I never buy food at Wal-Mart or any other store that is not a supermarket. I rarely shop at Costco because I am a single guy and I cannot eat the bulk portions fast enough. I refuse to even try the self-serve checkout lanes that I have seen at the Ralphs in Studio City.

I hope the workers win, and I don't mind paying a little more to get their usually great service.

David J. Sanchez

Sherman Oaks

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I have lost all respect for unions. Union strikes over $15- or $20-per-month contributions to their health plans reflect their long-outdated views. For example, at my company we pay $50 per month per person. No longer do companies care for workers from womb to tomb. Who wins in a strike? Not the consumer -- we end up paying higher grocery and transportation costs as union benefits are passed along to the consumer.

Kellie Moore

Encino

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There is a connection between the supermarket and MTA strikes (Oct. 14). Both are about health-care costs. Our nation has been focused on a foolish war in Iraq instead of taking care of the things that really matter to our people. We need a regime change in Washington.

Don Shaw

Los Angeles

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