Grocery union members approve new contract
September 26, 2011
Workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons grocery stores ratify a new contract, bringing an end to labor negotiations that dragged on for more than eight months and brought tens of thousands of workers to the verge of a strike. [LATimes]
Union members voted in favor of a contract this weekend that included some wage increases and helped prevent a potentially devastating blow to the state’s already shaky economy.
The primary obstacles in contract talks had been health care costs, worker scheduling and future staffing levels.
“This deal protects our members’ healthcare and pension and provides modest increases in wages,” Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770 in Los Angeles, said in a statement.
Kendra Doyel, a spokeswoman for Ralphs, told the LA Times, “Ralphs is glad the contract has been ratified, and we look forward to doing what our great people do best: serving our customers.”