Civil Rights Activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Wednesday lent his support to Southern California grocery workers who staged a protest action at a Ralphs store on the Crenshaw strip.

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), who have been working without a new contract since March 6, may be asked to authorize a strike during meetings Friday, if their negotiators cannot reach an agreement with executives from the grocery chains.

So far, the two sides have reached an agreement on pension, but are still talking about wages and contributions to health plans.