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In SoCal business news: More than 1,000 Kaiser pharmacists may strike

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Good morning! Welcome to KPCC's business blog, The Breakdown. Every weekday, our staff compiles a list of interesting business stories in the region.

  • About 1,400 pharmacists could strike on Monday at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California (Orange County Register). Reporter Bernard Wolfson says the dispute is over pension plans, health benefits and other changes to the job.
  • Riverside warehouse workers to settle lawsuit against Wal-Mart and Schneider Logistics Inc. for $21 million (Los Angeles Times).
  • FCC votes to move forward with new rules for broadband providers (Wall Street Journal).  Reporter Gautham Nagesh says the proposal will "now be open to public comment for 60 days, followed by another 60 days for replies."  Nagesh explained the issues behind the vote on Take Two yesterday.
  • Have you ever read a Yelp review that seemed too good to be true? Well, Yelp caught an Orange County business offering to pay people $10 to post positive words on its page (Orange County Register).
  • Former Millennium Products employees will be part of a demonstration at Whole Foods in Beverly Hills today (LA Weekly). The workers have sued Millennium Products over working conditions.
  • A vacant Albertsons inspired efforts to launch a Long Beach grocery co-op (OC Weekly).
  • Yesterday some customers received an e-mail from Shutterfly congratulating them on having a baby when they didn't. Oops. (San Francisco Chronicle).

Got business news? Tweet me @thewendylee and my colleagues Brian Watt (@radiobwatt) and Ben Bergman (@thebenbergman).

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