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SALT LAKE CITY — Online auction house eBay says it will expand in Utah again by building a new facility in Draper that will add 2,200 jobs over 20 years.

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development made the announcement Monday after approving a one-time tax incentive package worth $38.2 million.

State officials say the jobs will exceed 125 percent of the average wage in Salt Lake County.

The auction company has existing facilities in Draper and South Jordan that employ about 1,400. The company has had a presence in Utah for 12 years, expanding in 2009 by adding 400 jobs.

The latest deal combines two previous job-based incentives approved in 2009.


Grocery talks resume after vote on strike

LOS ANGELES — Union officials representing grocery workers will return to the bargaining table this month armed with a vote by their rank and file that resoundingly rejected health care proposals by several major supermarket chains.

Rick Icaza, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, said Monday that the weekend’s vote by more than 90 percent of those who cast ballots to rebuff a health proposal from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons shows the chains how serious workers are about pushing for a better deal.

“I think the employers were testing us as to whether or not they would give us a strike authorization,” Mr. Icaza said at a rally outside a Ralphs’ market where dozens of workers, union staffers and supporters held signs calling on the markets to improve their offer.

The weekend vote automatically authorized union officials to call a strike 72 hours after the markets are given notice. Some 62,000 grocery workers in Southern California were eligible to vote, although the union did not disclose how many had cast ballots.

Bargaining, which has snagged over the chains’ efforts to boost employees’ health insurance contributions, was set to resume Aug. 29, Mr. Icaza said.

Union officials say the health care proposal would significantly increase out-of-pocket costs for workers who already make relatively low wages and would lead to the depletion of the fund that supports the employees’ health care benefits.

“We believe they’re not negotiating in good faith and, unfortunately, that’s going to cause a strike,” he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports