Grocery Strike Likely Averted as Union, Execs Reach Tentative Deal

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Grocery workers with the United Food and Commercial Workers union protest outside of the Ralphs on University Parkway in San Bernardino on August 15, 2019. Union employees who work for Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons have been trying to negotiate a new contract which expired in March. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Reprinted from The Riverside Press-Enterprise by  on September 8, 2019.

The union representing Southern California grocery workers has reached a tentative contract dealwith supermarket chains, likely averting a strike previously authorized by its members.

Details of the contract were not disclosed Sunday pending meetings with some 46,000 members, which will be held Monday at the United Food and Commercial Workers’ seven locals, according to a union statement.

Union leaders will recommend its workers ratify the agreement with Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions, according to an email statement from Mike Shimpock, spokesman for Local 770.

Greg Conger,  president of Orange County’s Local 324, said in a phone interview that the agreement was reached at 4 a.m. Sunday. …

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