Grocery workers strike avoided
September 20, 2011
Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers reached a three-year labor contract with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons on Monday averting a grocery strike that would have idled more than 54,000 workers. [LosAngelesTimes]
After spending more than 24 hours in continual negotiations, officials from the union and the three grocery chains reached a deal.
“We are pleased to have reached a tentative settlement agreement with the union that continues to preserve good wages, secure pensions and access to quality, affordable healthcare — while allowing us to be competitive in the marketplace,” spokespersons for Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons said in a joint statement.
Union negotiators concurred, saying in a statement Monday, “We have attained our most important goal, which was continuing to provide comprehensive healthcare to the members and their families.”
Details of the tentative agreement were not made public. A 50 percent plus one vote by union members, slated to vote later this week, is required to ratify the contract.